NHL Buzz: Trouba could return for Rangers during road trip

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Jacob Trouba practiced with the Rangers on Thursday for the first time since breaking his thumb and is day to day.

The defenseman was expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks after he was injured in a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 16. He has missed the past six games.

“He’s certainly made a lot of progress,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “He’s tracking sooner than later from the original diagnosis. It’s a situation where he’s day to day and how he handles each passing day will determine when he gets in the lineup.”

The Rangers begin a six-game road trip at the Devils on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV) and also play them on Saturday. They then visit the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins for two games each.

Forward Kaapo Kakko, who was removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Tuesday, skated but will miss his sixth straight game. — Mike G. Morreale

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