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Rick Nash good to go

Per Andrew Gross, Rick Nash is good to go and will play tonight. He will take J.T. Miller’s spot in the lineup, as Miller will be a healthy scratch with Michael Del Zotto. Nash had been out since the third game of the season with a concussion.

25 Responses to “Rick Nash good to go”

  1. Chris F says:

    Really? Nash in, Miller out?

    Poor call, I think, unless Miller is AHL bound for more consistent playing time.

    Put Miller with some decent linemates and see what he does with it. Pouliot should sit, IMO. Let him get the Zuccarello and MDZ treatment. Speaking of which, AV said MDZ was getting benched to try to re-inspire his play (as per the Zuccarello method). So when is MDZ going to get his second chance?

    • Walt says:

      Chris

      You just echoed what I posted almost to the T!

      Pouliot should sit, he isn’t in the long term plans, why waste time with him? He’s been given how many chances already?? The Rangers are the 5th team he’s played for in the last 4 years, I believed I read something to that affect. He should have a load of splinters in his butt from riding the pine!

    • Pete says:

      If you really feel that Miller is an important piece of the team going forward then how do you justify playing him 5 minutes a game on the 4th line? The kid has some really skill and needs to play, 5 minutes is a joke. FFS send the kid down to the AHL and let him play, so frustrating that they haven’t done that yet.

      You’re right on one thing though, Pouliot has no future with the team, which is why he’s playing 4th line minutes.

      • Chris F says:

        Pete… who are you adressing? I dont want Miller playing 5 minutes a night on thr 4th line. I said he needs to play with better linemates or get 20 minutes a night in Hartford.

  2. Todd says:

    @ Chris I agree with you about sitting Pouliot sitting instead of Miller. MDZ needs to go. Although Falk is not a huge improvement offensively, he seems to be doing a better job in the Defensive Zone.
    MDZ, Pouliot and Pyatt trade for whatever we can get.

    • Mikeyyy says:

      I would amend that article. Anyone who steps on the ice with anyone should be willing to take a suspension if someone takes liberties with a ranger player.

      You take a run at nash and then another ranger player will drill the opposing player with a dirty hit back.

      I don’t know what kind of hockey people have played here but the code is this

      You mess with my team you mess with me. If you mess with me, you won’t be waking off the ice. Period.

      • Chris F says:

        You stand up for any teammate. It just happens that opponents zero in on Nash as the guy to take liberties with. That needs to stop. By protecting Nash, it lets everyone know that’s the type of team the Rangers are.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      BSB, what’s your opinion of this Larry Brooks article? Is this something you feel the team is lacking? Is this an issue? I’m curious of your take.

  3. Sally says:

    I’m more interested in what the lines are going to look like.

  4. AD says:

    Wasnt it just about 10-12 days ago Nash himself stated he felt like he was 4 weeks away? 4 weeks and 4 days is what he stated, specifically. I hope he is being wise with his recovery timetable.

    • VinceR says:

      I think he was referencing the fact he had not been skating for exactly 4 weeks and 4 days at that point and making a joke that since he sat without even practicing that long, it would take that long to get into game shape.

      He had then explained thatr no symptoms had returned and he simply needed “to get his legs under him”. He did mention when he thought that he was in game shape again, he’d be ready to be back in. He was medically cleared for game play on Sunday. We’ll see how he skates tonight.

      • Chris F says:

        That’s correct Vince. He said he was completely symptom free and that he wanted to partake in a full practice to see if any concussion signs resurfaced. If not, he said his return would just be a matter of conditioning.

        He was then asked how far behind he felt In that regard and he said 4 weeks, 4 days jokingly.

  5. SalMerc says:

    Whoever is on the line with Nash, better be ready to mix it up tonight, that is why I am thinking Cally.

    • Todd says:

      Cally? As much as I love Callihan, you need an enforcer…we don’t really have one.

    • Chris F says:

      They’re both Right Wings. I’m sure either could play on their off wing, but not that’s ideal.

      • Pete says:

        Yeah it seems like they’re going with:

        Kreids-Zucc-Step
        Br-Cally-Brass
        Nash-Hags-Boyle
        Pouliot-Dorsett-Moore

  6. branted says:

    Nash should be on the 3rd line tonight with Boyle n Dorsett

    • SalMerc says:

      Boyle is big, but plays the size of Dorsett. Would rather even see Kreider on a Nash line. We know he tries to protect.

      • Pete says:

        Kreider needs to produce, not be Nash’s body gaurd. Again, I not sure why people on here are so quick to break up the only line that has an impact. You want a guy to protect Nash a bit while you don’t hurt your team at the same time? you put Boyle out there with him and let Kreider worry about playing, not protecting.

        If it comes down to retaliation and you’re hell bent on Kreider dishing it out, put him out there on the next shift but again, that’s not what he’s there to do. Let Boyle, Pouliot, or Dorsett attempt some skull bashing, not one of the only real weapons the team has.

  7. Pete says:

    AV said that he is looking to get about 15 minutes out of him tonight so you’ll probably see him eased in with some 3rd line minutes. FWIW espn reported that he skated with Boyle and Hagelin, which makes sense.

    He played well with Hags last year and say what you want about Boyle but he’s a team guy and I’m sure he won’t let anyone take liberties with Nash tonight. Its a good, and logical, move by AV. No need to throw him into the fire…

  8. Al says:

    Bobby Orr “every team should have a policeman on it” A real good article must-read http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/18/video-orr-says-there-should-be-a-policeman-to-protect-skill-players/