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Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba skated with the team on Thursday for the first time since suffering a broken thumb against the Devils on Feb. 16.
Trouba was initially ruled out for four-to-six weeks, but appears to be ahead of schedule as he was wearing the red non-contact jersey during practice.
Head coach David Quinn spoke about Trouba's progress and when he expects to see the defenseman back on the ice for a game.
“He’s sure made a lot of progress,” Quinn said. “He’s tracking sooner [rather] than later from the original diagnosis. It’s just a situation where he’s day to day and how he handles each passing day will determine whether he’s going to be able to get in the lineup and when he’s going to be able to get in the lineup.”
The Rangers hope to get him back at some point during their upcoming six-game road trip when they face off against the Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. New York is currently 8-9-3 with 19 points and are in sixth place in the East Division.
Trouba has played in 14 games for the Blue Shirts this season, recording three assists and 14 penalty minutes. Over two seasons in New York, he's recorded seven goals and 23 assists (30 points) in 84 games.