New York Rangers: Rick Nash Close to Return, Won't Skate Tonight

By Christopher Gamble


Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Nash has missed the last three games and will miss the New York Rangers Tuesday night’s matchup against the Winnipeg Jets despite taking the ice during the morning skate. The injury the Rangers’ big off-season acquisition suffered has been kept a secret leading to a ton of speculation but no concrete answers.

Nash himself has down-played the injury and skirted the issue. When asked if he had a concussion Nash stated “I’m not a doctor, so it’s tough for me to analyze that. But it wasn’t something where I could look at myself and say I had that issue. That’s up for the doctors to decide.”

Two weeks ago Nash took a hard hit into the boards by Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins leading many to speculate that the play resulted in a concussion. Nash ended up scoring a shootout goal in that game on a beautiful play that had Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask hopping out of his pads.

Nash did skate and was not wearing a no-contact jersey on Tuesday morning indicating that he could be close to a return. The Rangers have not fared well in his absence. They have managed to score only three goals in the three games that Nash has missed and have gone 0-3 during that span with losses to the Montreal Canadiens in two of those games and a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Nash did miss some time while playing in Europe with an injured groin that was concern enough for him to return to the United States for treatment. However, with the Rangers and Nash being mum on the injury the only truth Rangers fans know is that the team desperately needs him to return to health and help ignite a Rangers offense that has been inconsistent all season long.

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