In a piece of good news, which Rangers fans are in desperate need of these days, Rick Nash practiced for the first time in nine days during the Rangers pre-game skate this morning.
However, it is doubtful he will be ready to play tonight vs. Winnipeg (via Bergen Record)…
“I’m feeling good, getting better, it’s a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate with the guys. I don’t know about tonight. Obviously I’ll talk to the trainers. But it was a good day to get a good skate in.”
Nash says it's been a number of different things that have kept him out and that the Milan Lucic hit was a factor.
…absolutely shocked to see Nash practicing this morning. I have been preparing myself for the worst. Now this doesn't mean he'll be back for Thursday's game vs. Tampa, because if it is a concussion he could easily have a setback tomorrow. But this is still an awesome development nonetheless.
Also from practice, neither Ryan McDonagh (likely concussion) nor Marc Staal (flu) participated, but both Michael Del Zotto and Darroll Powe did. Powe was also taken off the IR this morning.
…not worried about Staal as he missed pregame skate before Canadiens and seemed fine at practice yesterday, but I am a bit concerned that McDonagh has yet to return to the ice since the Pacioretty hit.
…it's weird saying this about a fourth liner, but I can't overstate the importance of Powe's return to the line-up tonight. Huge boost for penalty kill as well as depth of the line-up. Hoping that Torts will feel more comfortable rolling fourth lines tonight.
Arron Asham (back spasms) was also not at practice while Stu Bickel practiced wearing a forward jersey.
Chris Kreider remained on the ice with Nash after practice was over meaning he is likely the healthy scratch tonight.
…throwing up my hands at this point. Either play the kid or send him to Hartford. Does his development no good watching from the press box. Talk about a mind eff.