A Rick Nash injury update, as per NHL.com:
The New York Rangers have sent Rick Nash home from their west-coast road trip, ensuring he will miss at least the next two games. The Rangers play Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks and Saturday at the St. Louis Blues. They return home after playing the Blues and are off until Wednesday, when they play the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.
As if getting blown out 9-2 wasn’t bad enough, the Rangers will now face off against two very tough opponents without their best forward. Nash left New York’s October 8 contest against the San Jose Sharks after receiving an elbow to the head from Brad Stuart. He played a few shifts after the hit, but didn’t return for the second or third period.
For what it’s worth, the NHL did suspend Stuart for three games, but the losses are hardly offsetting.
The injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, but concussions can obviously be tricky sometimes.
Hearing Rick Nash is expected to be out seven to 10 days.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) October 10, 2013
The Rangers have struggled at times through the begining of this season as they struggle to find a new identity sans John Tortorella. New York has gone 1-2 to start the season and are already two games behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Metropolitan Division lead. Getting at least a split on the rest of their California road trip is paramount, and will be made all the more difficult without the services of Nash.