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Live in Montreal: Rick Nash will miss 3rd straight; Eminger back

Rangers left wing Rick Nash scores past Boston

Rangers left wing Rick Nash scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during a shootout. (Feb. 12, 2013) Credit: AP

MONTREAL -- Power forward Rick Nash will not join the Rangers for their game against the Canadiens Saturday night, the team said. It will be the third consecutive game that Nash, who has three goals and nine assists, will miss.

The team is refusing to disclose the nature of his injury, leading to speculation that it is related to a blow to the head he received from the Bruins’ Milan Lucic in Boston on Feb. 12 or a recurrence of groin or shoulder problems. Nash, 28, did finish that game and also played against the Islanders on Feb. 14 and the Capitals on the 17th.

The Rangers, who are 0-1-1 without Nash, did not practice today and after the game at Bell Centre, will not play again until Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto also could be out. He appeared to injure his right hip on a check from Ottawa’s Marc Methot halfway through the third period of Ottawa’s 3-2 shootout win on Thursday. Del Zotto skated to the bench, then went to the trainer’s room, did not return and was seen limping afterward. Del Zotto had a hip pointer last season.

Steve Eminger, who was in Hartford on a conditioning assignemt since Feb. 13, was recalled, and could play tomorrow if Del Zotto, who has dressed for all 16 games, cannot. Eminger has played four games this season.

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