Ryan McDonagh seemed optimistic he would be able to play tonight while Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto each took more of a “wait-and-see” approach to returning to the lineup for the Rangers’ match at the Garden against the Lightning.

“It was nothing serious; I should be good to go,” McDonagh, who missed Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Jets after having been sent face-first into the glass by Max Pacioretty in the second period of Saturday’s game in Montreal, said after practice.

“I was a little shook up and didn’t have the energy level I needed so I [stayed out] as a precautionary measure,” said the defenseman, who took more than a dozen stitches to close a gash on the upper lip he sustained on the play. “I needed the extra day.”

McDonagh, who absolved Pacioretty of intent to injure (“I don’t feel anything about him. It’s part of the game and whatever happened, happened.”), was concussed two years ago on a Matt Cooke forearm to the chin.

“Not the same feeling at all,” said No. 27.

Nash, who has missed the last four games, said he felt good after skating with the team for the second consecutive day, but would defer a decision about returning until checking with the medical and coaching staffs.

Del Zotto, who has missed the last two games with a hip/leg injury, said he felt better yesterday than he had the day before and the day before that, but wouldn’t be able to make his decision until at least the morning skate.

“I thought I’d be able to play [Tuesday] but realized near the end of the skate that I wouldn’t be able to do the things I need to do in the game,” he said. “I’m hopeful that it continues on the right track and that I’ll be here but I want to make sure I can do what I need to do in order to be able to help the team.”

“These are pretty important guys, so if we could get some back in, it would help,” said coach John Tortorella. “But I have no idea what’s going on [regarding their availability].”