Don’t expect injured Rick Nash to play tonight against Winnipeg, but it seems that Rangers fans can back away from the ledge.
Nash, who said he feels better, was on ice in Westchester with almost the entire team for an optional morning skate. It was the first time he has skated with the club in nine days, although he said he has skated on his own for a week.
The Rangers’ leading scorer has missed the last three games and has not participated in a full contact practice. The earliest Nash could play appears to be Thursday at home against Tampa. Asked if he could return soon, he said "I hope so."
The players today divided up in 2 on 2 rushes and other drills, and Nash remained on the ice with assistant coach Mike Sullivan and goaltender Martin Biron to shoot from the right circle for about five minutes before returning to the locker room.
As for his ailments, which many have speculated as a concussion stemming from a hit by Boston’s Milan Lucic on Feb. 12---the team has never reported that---Nash said: "It's a lot of different things...I've been banged up quite a bit, and obviously didn't feel like I could compete out there…I feel good...it's getting better...it's a positive day, for sure...I don't know about tonight, but definitely a good day." Asked directly if he sustained a concussion, he said: "I'm not a doctor, so it's tough for me to analyze that."
The 28-year-old power forward said it was definitely tough to watch the team struggle---they have scored just three goals without him---but that it was good to watch “young guys” get more minutes.