Injuries to New York Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Michael Sauer have opened the door for Ryan McDonagh.
The former first-round pick is certainly making the most of his opportunity.
McDonagh and the Rangers try for a third consecutive win when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
McDonagh, who is averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time while Staal (concussion) and Sauer (shoulder) remain out, came up huge for New York (2-1-2) on Thursday, scoring with two seconds remaining in overtime to defeat Calgary 3-2.
Selected 12th overall by Montreal in the 2007 draft, McDonagh had one goal and eight assists in 40 games for the Rangers last season, but is now tied for second on the team with two goals and four points.
"It's a great experience for him because there has been some struggles with his play but he stays with it," coach John Tortorella said. "As we go through here, some of those guys that are in spots that they didn't expect to be in, ...