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Making room for Nash? Rangers send Mashinter to AHL

Nov 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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From the Daily News:

The Rangers sent seldom-used depth forward Brandon Mashinter back to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Monday morning, likely meaning Rick Nash is prepared to play Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins.

With Mashinter gone, the Rangers would have only 12 healthy forwards going into Tuesday’s game unless either Nash (concussion) or Taylor Pyatt (concussion) comes off injured reserve. Nash said on Saturday in Montreal that he plans to play either Tuesday at the Garden or Thursday in Dallas. Pyatt is not believed to be anywhere close to a return after suffering his concussion Nov. 7 in Columbus.

Nash has only appeared in three games this season. The 29-year-old suffered a head injury Oct. 8 when he was hit by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.

To their credit, the Rangers (10-10-0) have managed to right the ship after a nightmarish start. If the playoffs started today, they’d be in them.

That said, goals have remained in short supply, meaning Nash’s return will be a most welcome one. Only three teams — Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Carolina — are averaging fewer goals than the Rangers (2.10).

Related: Rick Nash hopes to return Tuesday or Thursday

  1. xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Wow, that went much faster than expected, considering all the talk last week was centered around him taking it slow and not rushing back. Glad to have him back as long as he’s ready to play!

  2. barkar942 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    This still won’t solve their lack of scoring issues. It will help, but it is not the solution.
    That being said, the Rangers have played two back to back awesome defensive minded games, each ending 1-0 but on opposite ends.
    Hank was awesome last night sand one defensive skate deflection. Scrivens looks like a beast right now.
    Rangers need to use DelZ as trade bait to pick up someone who can get in front of the net and score. Moulson would be awesome, but will probably be willing now to give Buffalo a shot with new management.

  3. stepanup - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Having Nash back (an effective and healthy one) should have a huge impact on this lineup. The top PP needs a shooter, and the offense as a whole needs someone who wants to drive the net. We’re a little too finesse right now, and getting an elite power forward into the lineup is the perfect remedy.

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