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Rangers’ Nash out vs. Montreal

Feb 19, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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Rick Nash will miss his first game for the Rangers on Tuesday night when the Blueshirts host the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

It’s unclear exactly what’s ailing the 28-year-old winger. Nash was questionable for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Washington, but participated in the warmup and proceeded to play a whopping 22:33, recording one assist and a game-high eight shots on goal.

Prior to the game, Rangers head coach John Tortorella was pressed on exactly what Nash’s injury was.

“None of your business,” he said to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Playing coy with Nash’s health has been a theme over the last four days. On the weekend, Nash missed a Saturday practice, something that Tortorella chalked up to a “body maintenance day.”

In 14 games this year Nash has 3G-9A-12PTS while averaging 21:24 of ice time.

Sounds as though both Chris Kreider and recently called-up Brandon Mashinter will dress for the Rangers tonight.

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