Zuccarello to be Bumped Out of Top Six Upon Nash Return?

Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that Rick Nash's return will likely lead to the top line being broken up and Mats Zuccarello being bumped out of the top six forwards…

"Nash’s insertion into the lineup will have a trickle-down effect on the team’s combinations and eventually allow Vigneault to get into more of a four-line rotation than he has employed thus far. Nash will either skate with Hagelin and Brad Richards while Callahan shifts to the right with Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan, or Nash himself will play with Kreider and Stepan."

Brooks adds that Nash could be back as early as next Tuesday against the Bruins, but more likely either next Thursday in Dallas or a week from Saturday, Nov. 23, in Nashville.

…listen, I get that Nash has to be in the top six when he comes back, but I'm sorry, you can't break that Stepan line up right now. The team and that trio is playing too well to mess with that chemistry. Zuccarello has been one of the team's best players this month and dropping him would be beyond foolish in my opinion.

…i'd rather it be Hagelin who's bumped down to the third line for now, with Nash playing along side Richards and Callahan. Especially since the Swedish forward's game has slipped a bit lately after such a hot start upon returning from shoulder surgery.

…as far as Nash's return, I think the Rangers would be wise having him skip the Bruins, who will be looking to punish him any chance they get.

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