NEW YORK -- Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein appears to be nearing a return as the Blueshirts look to close out their first-round series in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday that Klein was "50-50" in terms of his availability for the potential series-clinching game.
The Rangers lead the series 3-1.
Klein has yet to appear in a game for the Rangers this postseason because of a broken arm that has sidelined him since March 11.
Klein did not practice Thursday, although the Rangers called it a "maintenance day." Forward Mats Zuccarello and defenseman Keith Yandle also had "maintenance days," but both players are expected to be in the lineup against the Penguins on Friday.
Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (broken arm) could return in Game 5