Recap: Rick Nash’s Comments Today

Rick Nash1Rick Nash spoke with MSG today following the Rangers practice:

  • On how he feels the day after, “I feel pretty good. I was just wondering how tired I would be this morning and I’m a little tired but with each practice you get more and more in shape.”
  • How encouraged were you after yesterday, “It was nice to get that one out of the way, almost six weeks to the day that I played the last game. So it was good and good to get the first period out of the way. I felt a little shaky there then back to normal after that.”
  • On his chance, “That is the important thing, getting the chances. The chances were definitely there yesterday but I just gotta dig deep and work a little harder with finishing.”

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Stats: Rick Nash’s Return Last Night (Update)

Rick Nash2:51PM: Henrik Lundqvist said today “He’s one of our best players. We will need him out there to make big plays and score big goals. He is such a great player and it’s such a good thing to have him here and most importantly he is healthy so it’s good to see.”

10:37AM: Last night against the Bruins, Rick Nash played 17:55, 2:27 on the PP and 15:28 at even strength, had 5 shots on goal, 3 shots blocked and 3 shots that missed the net.

Nash also had one hit and one giveaway while skating with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan. Nash tied with Brad Richards for the team lead with 5 shots on goal and 11 shot attempts.

According to Extra Skater, when Nash was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 54% of the shot attempts and 56% of the shots on goal.

Extra Skater also notes that Nash started 50% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 28.6% in the neutral zone and 21.4% in the defensive zone.

Nash said after the game, via SNY’s Nick Licalzi, “I felt okay. A bit slow on making plays, I had a couple of chances where I could have passed it but I had my head down. I think that with time that and the speed will come.”

He added, “I definitely felt better as the game went on. The first period, the first couple of shifts were a little tough but I found it and felt I created some chances and offense….you would think that after missing six weeks that when the game is playing that fast…I think I had Richie backdoor, Cally coming in and Staalsie one time. It’s just the little things that will take a couple of games.”

Alain Vigneault said after the game that he felt Nash had a few “Grade A” scoring chances.

Adam Rotter: I thought it was a really good first game back for Nash. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but besides some rust he didn’t seem to show and ill effects from the concussion. He shot the puck well with the bulk of his shots on goal coming from in close. It’s a good first step for him and the team and if he plays like he did last night, and continues to shake off the rust, he will score his goals.

Recap: Rick Nash’s Comments Today about Playing Tonight

Rick NashRick Nash returns to the Rangers lineup tonight and spoke this morning, via the team, after the morning skate:

  •  “it’s been a long six weeks so I am excited to get in there.”
  • Will it take a hit to make him fully confident, “I think the first everything will take a while, whether it’s a hit, a shot or a pass. It’s a long time off so it will take some time.”
  • On what he expects to do tonight, “I think it will be guided as we go along. I’m sure AV has had a lot of time when players have come back from injuries. I leave that up to him…he knows what he is doing.”

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News: Rick Nash Playing Tonight

Nash Hockey News11:28AM: The team tweets that Alain Vigneault said Nash was cleared to play on Sunday, they spoke last night, and that Nash made the call this morning to play.

They say that Nash will be eased into the lineup and play around 15 minutes, PP and even strength,.

11:02AM: The team has tweeted that Nash will play tonight.

10:59AM Darren Dreger says that Nash is “good to go” tonight against the Bruins.

10:56AM: Katie Strang and Pat Leonard note that Nash has come off the ice at the morning skate which could indicate that he is in the lineup tonight. Strang notes that if he wasn’t playing he would likely stay on the ice for more work.

10:49AM: Rick Nash was on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today, the full group not an optional, and according to Larry Brooks, Nash was taking line rushes with Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin.

Larry Brooks notes that all of the lines during the rushes were jumbled after the team only scored once in their two weekend games.

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Note: Rick Nash Not Skating Today

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1:54PM: As of 1:52PM, the Rangers game preview for tomorrow against Boston still has Nash listed as being on IR.

1:02PM: As of 1:02PM, Nash is still listed as being on IR on the team’s website.

11:42PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Rick Nash is not skating today.

As a group the Rangers are off today, a scheduled day off, but there was some thought that Nash would skate as he prepares to return to the lineup.

Brooks says that Nash’s status for tomorrow against Boston is not yet know. Nash said that he hopes to return this week.

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Nash has skated for nine consecutive days.

Buzz: Rick Nash Hopes To Return This Week

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6:36PM: On MSG, Nash said:

  • “I’m hoping for Tuesday or Thursday for sure as long as there are no setbacks. Everything has been positive and I have been pushing it everyday.”
  • “It was four weeks of not doing too much.. It takes some time to get the legs back and as of right now it’s a matter of getting back into shape, conditioning and making sure the symptoms don’t pop back up.”
  • “I don’t know if there is going to be a moment that tells me, but I have only had two practices with the team not counting the pre-game skate so I think I need some practices, some down low work, 3 on 3 and just a bit more game like situations.”

6:16PM: Nash told reporters in Montreal, via the NY Post, that he feels he needs more work down low and more work in game situations since he has really only had two practices.

He adds that he is feeling better than he thought he would and seems to be able to keep up with the guys who have been playing.

12:31PM: According to reports from Montreal, via John Giannone, Rick Nash said that if he doesn’t have any setbacks he hopes to return to the Rangers lineup either Tuesday against Boston or Thursday in Dallas.

Nash told Giannone that he wants to get a couple of more practices with the full group before returning.

Recap: Rick Nash’s Post Practice Comments

NashRick Nash, via the Rangers, met with the media after practice today:

  • On doing more things, “It’s good. It’s all positive. It seems I’m be doing more each day. Everything is on track right now.”
  • On setbacks, “no…not yet. Everything has been all positive and I just need to keep getting my legs under me and getting into shape.”
  • On the light at the end of the tunnel, “I hope so. I don’t want to jinx anything and say it and then things swing and I take a bad turn tonight and I don’t feel good. Right now everything is positive and staying on track.”

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Read: The Recovery From A Concussion

Marc Staal Broadway HatOn Wednesday, Rick Nash went through his first practice, non-contact, with the Rangers since suffering a concussion.

Nash said that he felt better than he thought he would and Alain Vigneault said that he was pleased with what he saw from Nash.


Marc Staal told Ranger Rants that recovering from a concussion and getting back into game shape takes time.

Staal said the longer you are out the longer it takes to get back into shape and that it’s important to keep building day to day and doing little things.

He added that things turned positive for him when he would work out hard during the day and continue to feel good without a drop off. Staal added that he would spend the day waiting for things to turn bad and when they didn’t he knew he was on the right track.

John Giannone tweeted, after Nash skated for the fourth straight day, that if Nash’s recovery was to be compared to the NYC Marathon, “he’d just be exiting the Verrazano bridge.”