NHL players set to return to the ice for games this week

New York Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh will make his NHL debut Wednesday against the New York Islanders.

McDonah, who was sidelined for the season with an injury, was expected to start Thursday.

New York defenseman Derek Stepan, who is also recovering from a knee injury, will make the start against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers are in need of three goals from their back-end and will try to build on their 2-1-0 start.

The Islanders are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and are 3-0-1 at home.

The Hurricanes are 1-4-0 on the road and have lost three straight games.