Rick Nash was a late scratch last night with an undisclosed injury.
This is likely the same ailment that caused him to miss a season ticket holder event last Friday, practice on Saturday and make him questionable Sunday before he ended up playing against the Capitals.
Today in the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes, “the Rangers aren’t saying anything about the condition of Nash, who played two days after taking the unpenalized hit and then again three days after that despite a couple of days that we know of, when he wasn’t feeling well. No one is saying whether No. 61 is suffering post-concussion symptoms. Perhaps more to the point, no one is saying he isn’t.”
Carp from Rangers Report writes, “The top-secrecy of the whole thing kinda makes it sound worse.”
John Tortorella has not commented on Nash and has said that he won’t comment on injuries this season.
The Rangers practice at 12PM today.
Adam Rotter: Speculation is running wild with Nash and I think part of the reason is to try and get John Tortorella to open up, at least a little bit, about why Nash is out. Tortorella is just trying to protect his player, but if it were something physical, like Ryan Callahan’s shoulder injury, the team would make an announcement about it.
When it comes to concussions, the Rangers have experience with Marc Staal, Michael Sauer, Brian Boyle, Marian Gaborik and now Darroll Powe. It’s hard to know if it’s a concussion because you see guys like Sauer, Powe and Boyle leave the game, but Marc Staal played through most of his concussion and Nash finished the game against the Bruins and scored in the shootout.
Staal passed a concussion test and was cleared to play after taking that hit from his brother almost two years ago, but missed a couple of games later in the season and then missed the first half of last season.