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Rick Nash hopes to return next week

Nov 16, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers are getting ready to play in their 16th straight game without star forward Rick Nash (concussion) tonight, but the light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible.

Nash has skated eight days in a row and took part in the Rangers’ practice this morning. He has already been given the green light to engage in contact drills, so at this point the main thing holding him back is his conditioning.

If everything goes well, Nash is hoping to be back in game shape for either Tuesday’s contest against Boston or Thursday’s match versus Dallas.

The 29-year-old originally sustained the injury when he was hit by San Jose’s Brad Stuart on Oct. 8. The Sharks defenseman served a three-game suspension for his actions, but Nash dismissed it as a “hockey play.”

“Everything happened so fast, I’ve had some dangerous plays against other players that it’s just a spur of the moment, it happens,” Nash told the Bergen Record.

Although they have heated up lately, the Rangers still rank in the bottom third of the NHL with 2.28 goals per game. That’s something Nash can certainly help them with.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Please come back and stay healthy. Let’s go Rangers!!!

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, snorkle gurk, zzzzzz

  3. LampyB - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I wonder how the lines will shake out when he returns. Where will they put kreider?

    • stakex - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Kreider probably isn’t going anywhere. He will stay with Stepan and Zucca since they have been on fire the last 10 games. Nash will likely take Callahan’s spot on the second line with Richards and Hags, dropping Callahan to the third line.

  4. nyeagles10 - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    True wonder who will sit when he returns? Miller I’m guessing also it looks like pyatt will have trouble finding a spot when he’s healthy.. happy he’s back tho becuz that dudes Nashtyyy

    • barkar942 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Pouliot will be sitting with DelZaster. In Edmonton or Buffalo.

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