When the New York Rangers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden tonight, it will be the first time that Rick Nash has played against his former teammates. Derick Brassard won’t have the chance to lineup against his old squad though, as it’s being reported that he struggled to practice this morning and he won’t be able to play this evening.
Former #CBJ Derick Brassard won’t play tonight. Sore backside. Struggled through morning skate.
— Shawn Mitchell (@smitchcd) December 12, 2013
Brassard was a key part of the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets last April. He appeared in 309 regular season contests for the Jackets and he was their sixth-overall selection at the 2006 draft. Since becoming a Ranger, Brassard has appeared in 45 regular season games while producing 10 goals and 15 assists.
Unlike Nash, Brassard has already had a chance to play against his former teammates on November 7.
The Rangers probably won’t be too focused on homecomings or reunions though. They’ve lost four of their last five and in danger of sinking back down the Metropolitan Division standings. Meanwhile, the Jackets have won three of their last four and seem to be trending upward despite Gaborik being on the shelf at the moment.