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Rangers send Nash (head) back to New York

Oct 10, 2013, 2:43 PM EST

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers in action during the home opening NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 4-1.
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New York’s nine-game road swing to start the season just got tougher.

On Thursday, the Rangers sent winger Rick Nash back to New York for further evaluation following a headshot from San Jose’s Brad Stuart in a 9-2 loss on Tuesday.

Nash, 29, said he “just didn’t feel right” following the hit — a troubling development given his concussion history. Nash missed four games last season after getting concussed on a bodycheck from Boston’s Milan Lucic.

Yahoo!’s Nick Consonika was “hearing” that Nash is expected to be out 7-10 days.

If true, it’s possible Nash could miss as many as four games. The Rangers play tonight in Anaheim, Saturday in St. Louis, Wednesday in Washington and Saturday in New Jersey — the latter coming on Oct. 19, which would fall between the 7-10 day window.

Losing Nash for any length of time will be a big blow. He’s currently tied for the team lead in assists (three) and points (three) and led the Rangers in goals last season, with 21.

Related: NHL suspends Stuart three games for hit to Nash’s head

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