Rangers forward Ryane Clowe is hoping he will be cleared to play tonight against the Capitals in Game 3 of their first-round series at the Garden, having not played since sustaining what is suspected to be a concussion on April 25 at Carolina.

Clowe, who had thought there was a chance he could play in Game 2, participated in yesterday’s practice in a full-contact jersey, but said he was still unsure if he is able to take a hit.

“I think that’s probably one of the factors of playing,” said Clowe, who upgraded from skating in a non-contact jersey on Friday. “[Tonight], I’m not sure yet, but it’s a possibility. I thought I could’ve been ready [for Game 2], but I probably wasn’t at the stage where I could do that. I haven’t had any real contact yet. I want to play as soon as possible, so if it’s [tonight], hopefully that’s the case.”

Growing increasingly restless, Clowe is ready to return and make an impact. The physical forward, who has appeared in the playoffs in his first seven seasons in the league, was acquired from San Jose on April 2.

“You just hate watching games and playoff games are so intense and physical, I just love that,” said Clowe. “It’s kind of why I wanted to come here and help make a push in the playoffs. When I come back, whenever that is, I’ll be ready and I’ll just play my style that I think will be effective this time of year.”