The wait to see Rick Nash back out on the ice with the New York Rangers is almost over. He’s been out since October 8, when he took an elbow to the head from Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks. Following the blow, Nash suffered from concussion symptoms and there were concerns that the injury might be more serious than the Blueshirts were letting on.
All the while, Nash was slowly progressing toward this day. The day when he could finally return to a sheet of NHL ice.
Rick Nash is targeting either tonight’s game against the Bruins at Madison Square Garden or Thursday night’s game at Dallas to return to the lineup. So far, the Rangers’ most potent scoring threat has missed 17 games after suffering a concussion at San Jose on Oct. 8.
Despite winning eight of their last 12 contests, the Rangers have had issues finishing their chances lately. They were shutout by Ben Scrivens and the Los Angeles Kings during their last outing, and only scored one goal on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens. If there’s one area that Nash can help the Blueshirts, it’s on offense.
Several of New York’s depth players haven’t really stepped up with Nash on the shelf, while guys such as Chris Kreider have elevated their games to new heights. It’ll be interesting to see how to top-nine shakes out with Nash back in the lineup this week.
UPDATE: NHL.com has confirmed that Nash will lace up the skates when the Rangers take on the Bruins tonight.