Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to return to practice, the team announced on Tuesday.
Lundqvist with given the go-ahead following an exam and consultation with specialist.
A report on Monday had the Rangers targeting Lunqvist’s return set for March 24.
Lundqvist was injured Jan. 31 when he was hit in the neck from a shot off the stick of Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone.
During a second-period battle in the crease with Hurricanes forward Jay McClement, Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh’s stick lifted Lundqvist’s mask up, giving the puck enough space to hit the New York goaltender in the throat.
Lundqvist immediately went down in obvious pain. But after being attended to by the team’s trainer, he remained in the game.
However, later tests showed the injury was serious enough where it might have caused a stroke.
The loss have Lundqvist has not slowed the Rangers down as New York has gone 15-2-3 without the Swede. The Rangers are also in the hunt for the Presidents' Trophy as they sit atop the Eastern Conference with 95 points.
Cam Talbot, Lundqvist's backup, is 13-2-3 since the injury to the Rangers' star goaltender.
Lundqvist is 25-11-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .922 save percentage while posting five shutouts in 39 games this season.