Maintenance Day for Nash; Torts Talks Kreider Demotion

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Rick Nash was given a maintenance day today as the Rangers prepared to take on the Washington Capitals at the Garden tomorrow.

John Tortorella told Gross that Nash has played a lot hockey and needed the rest.

Stu Bickel took Nash's spot on line rushes today. Lines stayed the same otherwise…

Gaborik-Richards-Cally
Hagelin-Stepan-Bickel
Pyatt-Boyle-Miller
Asham-Halpern-Powe

…still not a fan of that third line. Might be better flipping Pyatt and Cally. Pyatt had good chemistry on the top line and Cally should add some much needed speed to the third unit. Plus he provides Miller with a bit of a safety net.

Also at practice, John Tortorella addressed the Chris Kreider demotion saying he hadn't shown his speed consistently enough and likened the move to when Rangers sent Michael Del Zotto to Hartford after bursting on the scene his rookie year.

…listen, we all want Kreider to be the guy who lit it up in the playoffs last year, but he hasn't even been close to that guy with the Whale or the Rangers this season. While the line-up looks much better with him in it on paper, the game is played on the ice and right now he's not getting it done. It's very hard to criticize the decision.

…and like reader fleisch14 said yesterday, the Rangers did the same thing with Callahan his second year in the league and how'd that work out.

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