Read: Is Rick Nash Playing Hurt?

Rick NashIn the Rangers win over the Capitals yesterday, Rick Nash played 17:48, was screening Braden Holtby on the game winning goal, and had one shot on goal, one shot blocked and two hits.

On MSG last night, Al Trautwig asked Joe Micheletti what he thought was going on with Nash and Joe said, “I think he is hurt, I really do.”

Micheletti said that he made sure to focus on Nash yesterday and saw that he didn’t seem to have that second push in his legs when he has a step on a player. Joe made sure to point out that it’s not a lack of effort from Nash, but something physical that looks to be limiting his effectiveness.”

Before the game, on MSG, Joe Tortorella told Sam Rosen that all he wants from Nash is for him to relax, saying “Nasher is such a good man and wants to help us so much. It’s building up on him/ I think you need to have some fun with it and relax. This is the fun part, I just want him to enjoy himself and allow himself to go.”