10/13/14 | 1:51PM: Nash and his wife Jessica have had a baby boy. (Brooks)
10/12/14 | 10:29PM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG, “this morning when he left he told me his wife had said that the water broke. When they got to the hospital it had not but then in the second period she called back and I guess at that time it had.”
9:26PM: the Rangers have confirmed that Nash has left to be with his wife. (MSG)
9:22PM: Rick Nash is not with the Rangers for the third period and it’s believed that he has left to be with his wife who is due to give birth at any moment. (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said earlier today that Nash was a game time decision because his wife’s water had broken.
Nash scored his fourth goal of the season in the first period and played 11:40, had one shot on goal, one shot that was blocked, 2 hits, 1 giveaway and was 2 and 2 on faceoffs.
Rick Nash had two goals and a primary assist last night for the Rangers to go along with 14:38 of ice time, 4 shots on goal and three shot attempts that were blocked.
Nash said that he doesn’t think anything about his game is different from last year other than last year his shots probably don’t go in. He added, “but last year is last year.” (MSG)
Nash added that scoring is great but he knows how quickly things can turn the other way and you can go from being the hero to the one that people pile on. (MSG)
Asked about Nash, Dan Girardi said “he has been a beast from day one, even before camp, we saw something different from him. The look in his eye, the way he is practicing and playing is not something that we have seen yet.”
Alain Vigneault and Henrik Lundqvist both said Nash had a “huge” game and Lundqvist added that it was “great to see.”
Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello both said that Nash has been playing well since Camp started and McDonagh said that his game last night was “awesome.”
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On MSG, Rick Nash said that the play Marty St. Louis made on the game winning goal, as well as the play that Chris Kreider made on Nash’s first period goal were “world class.”
On the MSG training camp show, Dave Maloney said that Rick Nash changed his training approach a bit this summer.
Dave added, “I do think he looks differently, looks quicker and for me, if he is skating in a straight line heading to the net he will be a good player.”
Asked how he felt by John Giannone, Nash said “I feel good and I focus in it every summer. This summer was short and there wasn’t a lot of time to relax and get out of shape.”
He added that the drought he went through in the playoffs has inspired him to work harder and turn things around.
Nash also said that shooting against Henrik Lundqvist everyday is “huge.”
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5:25PM: Alain Vigneault said of Nash today, “it’s what we are looking for as far as veteran leadership. Rick, at every practice, has been focused and paying attention, paying attention to details on the ice. Working extremely hard, this camp compared to last year, it’s night and day.”
9/28/14 | 9:39AM: On Friday in Chicago, Rick Nash played 16:16, had a primary assist, 5 shots on goal and 1 shot attempt blocked.
Nash set up Anthony Duclair’s goal on what Alain Vigneault called a “great pass.”
Asked about how he felt, Nash said that he felt “really good” and that he and his line had 3-4 chances that should have been goals, “but that will come.” (MSG)
Nash has said that he has come to camp in really good shape.
9/21/14 | 8:57PM: Rick Nash says that he feels “great” after a summer of cardio work because the Rangers asked him to come to training camp in better shape. (NY Post)
Nash said that he was in good shape at the start of last season but got hurt, a concussion, and that made the rest of the season tough for him. (NY Post)
He said that following his return from the concussion it was “tough” for him to “feel comfortable” playing the more physical side of the game. He said that it wasn’t as much being “careful” as much as not being “comfortable” in certain situations. (NY Post)
Nash said that he feels he played more physical in the playoffs and got to the “inside” more.(NY Post)
- In the regular season, Nash had 11 hits in 65 games.
- In the playoffs, Nash had 45 hits in 25 games.
On this season, Nash says that he is fine with any role the coaches put him in and that he feels good.(NY Post)
Alain Vigneault has mentioned the past two days that he will use part of training camp to see how Rick Nash looks on the left side after spending most of his time with the Rangers on the right side.
Asked about potentially being used on the left side, Nash said “I got no problem with that. I started out as a LW and switched over after playing LW for a few years. I don’t mind either side.” (NYR)
Asked about being more comfortable on the right, Nash said “I think that if I spent a month on the left it would come all back to me but the right feels more normal right now.” (NYR)
Nash said after he was acquired that he was fine playing either side.
He is listed as a LW on the Rangers website.