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The Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals -- including the first three of the first period -- to chase Henrik Lundqvist and end the Rangers' six-game winning streak, 6-3, on Wednesday night in Chicago.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:58 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich

Second period:

  • 19:08 CHI Alex DeBrincat; Assists: Richard Panik, Duncan Keith

Third period:

  • 1:07 CHI Artem Anisimov; Assists: Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz
  • 1:53 CHI John Hayden; Assists: Cody Franson, Keith
  • 5:14 CHI Anisimov (PP); Assists: Franson, Schmaltz
  • 7:08 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash
  • 11:56 NYR Nash
  • 16:12 CHI Anisimov; Assists: Schmaltz, Panik
  • 18:30 CHI Jonathan Toews (ENG); Assists: Brent Seabrook
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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Rick Nash tells Larry Brooks that while he sometimes thinks about his future and being a pending UFA, that stuff isn't "weighing on him." (NY Post)

Nash reiterated that he wants to stay with the Ranger, saying "this is home," and that while contract issues are usually handled in the summer, he would be open to talk and possibly sign a new contract during the year "if both sides were happy with it." (NY Post)

He added that he understands the business side of things and that the Rangers will ultimately do what they feel is best for the organization, which might be trading him at the deadline. (NY Post)

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New York Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his goal with Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his goal with Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in New York. The Rangers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Rick Nash had two goals on Sunday and has four goals in the past four games.

Saturday was Nash's first multi-goal game of the season and has 8 points in the past 7 games.

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Rick Nash met with the media on MSG following today's win over the Oilers and said:

  • On the first goal, "Kevin has a lot of patience, you just try to give the puck to playmakers and open up and try to get your shot through and it was a great pass by him."
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Rangers on 4-2 win over Bruins 00:00:36
Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Vesey break down the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Jimmy Vesey scored two goals 29 seconds apart to cap a three-goal first period as the Rangers defeated the Bruins, 4-2, for their fifth straight win on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:53 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Michael Grabner
  • 10:14 BOS David Pastrnak; Assists: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork
  • 14:41 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Buchnevich
  • 15:10 NYR Vesey; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, David Desharnais

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 6:44 BOS Bergeron; Assists: Torey Krug, Pastrnak
  • 19:52 NYR Rick Nash (ENG); Assists: McDonagh
Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash
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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) is honored by the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers for playing in his 1000th NHL game before a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) is honored by the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers for playing in his 1000th NHL game before a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Prior to last night's game against Columbus, the Rangers honored Rick Nash for recently playing in his 1,000th career game in the NHL.

Nash was joined on the ice by his parents, wife and two children and was presented with gifts from the NHL, the Blue Jackets and the Rangers.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:24
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault discusses the team's 5-3 comeback victory in the third period thanks to three total power-play goals.

The Rangers scored four goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score 


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:37 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: Zach Werenski, Seth Jones
  • 4:24 CBJ Josh Anderson; Assist: Ryan Murray
  • 12:41 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 5:10 NYR Kevin Shattenkirk (power play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 8:01 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner
  • 9:40 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Zibanejad
  • 11:27 NYR Buchnevich (power play); Assists: Zibanejad, Shattenkirk
  • 19:11 NYR Grabner (ENG)
Tags: Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Nick Holden, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash
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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) and Florida Panthers center Jared McCann (90) battle for the puck in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) and Florida Panthers center Jared McCann (90) battle for the puck in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

Kevin Shattenkirk scored his second goal of the night in overtime to give the Panthers a 5-4 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center. >> Box Score 


First Period

  • N/A

Second Period

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Alain Vigneault said earlier this week that Rick Nash is "leading the way" for the Rangers and doing what is expected.

Vigneault said that Nash was a "force" against the Penguins, "wants to lead" and "that is what we need from him."

On Friday, Vigneault said that Nash is a beast and representative of the whole team right now.

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

10/18/17 | 8:34PM: Bob McKenzie reiterates that Nash wants to stay a Ranger past this season, will need to take a pay cut and that there hasn't been much discussion about an extension. (NBCSN, Today's Slapshot)

McKenzie adds that if the Rangers continue to struggle then Nash will likely be traded before the deadline. (NBCSN, Today's Slapshot)

10/9/17 | 10:48AM: Nash said that it would be exciting to become a free agent for the first time but that he hopes that he gets to stay with the Rangers. (The Athletic)

Nash's agent Joe Resnick said that Nash isn't thinking about a contract right now. (The Athletic)

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal with teammate center Filip Chytil (72) and left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal with teammate center Filip Chytil (72) and left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

10/5/17 | 5PM: Earlier today, Vigneault spoke about Chytil and said, "I see a young man full of potential. Will he be able to continue to show us what he did in training camp? Time will tell and we will take it day by day. We are playing him with pretty good players to show us that he can play."

He added, "I looked at him skating around the ice today, I don't know if he knows that this is our first game. He was just smiling and having a great time and soaking it in. Kids sometimes don't know the pressure they are under and they just play, it seems how he was this morning. Probably didn't expect to be here in Game 1 but he's here and having a blast and hopefully he can come in and play well for us."

10/5/17 | 10:40AM: Zuccarello said that he is doing what he can to make Chytil comfortable and that both he and Nash talk with him and are going to do what they can to "make sure he has fun playing his game." (NY Post)

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault said that Rick Nash is one of the Rangers "best two-way players" and someone who puts the success of the team ahead of his personal successes.

Vigneault was asked if Nash scoring 23 goals last season was enough for the Rangers and said that in addition to the 23 goals he scored he was one of the Rangers "most effective players" at both ends of the ice.

He added, "I do expect a lot from him, he is one of our veteran players, one of our strong voices in the room, a great example. I expect a lot of him at both ends of the rink and I know that is what we are going to get."

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New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

9/8/17 | Nash said on Friday that he always wants to have the "best year possible" and that he understands he is playing for another contract. (Newsday)

9/7/17 | Last season Rick Nash was projected by most outlets to finish in the range of 20-25 goals and 20-25 assists.

Nash finished last season with 23 goals and 18 assists and a points per game of .57, the lowest of his career since his rookie season.

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According to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, there have not been any "substantive discussions" between the Rangers and Rick Nash about a contract extension.

Nash, 33, is in the final year of his contract with a cap hit $7.8 million and has told Portzline, as well as others, that he loves being with the Rangers, playing in New York and playing at MSG.

Portzline says that Nash wants to keep playing with the Rangers and that even if he doesn't re-sign with the Rangers, Nash should be able to command a long-term deal somewhere next summer. (The Athletic)

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

2:58PM: Elliotte Friedman reports that Rick Nash reportedly suffered a knee injury in the Rangers Game 6 win over Montreal. 

Nash reportedly wanted to keep things quiet even after the season ended because he didn't want to use the injury as an excuse.

He was a minus one in Game 6 but had 3 shots on goal, 2 shot attempts blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit and 1 giveaway. He played 5:11 in the first, 4:56 in the second and 6:59 in the third.

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New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

5/14/17 | Rick Nash said on breakup day that New York is his home, he loves being a Ranger and plans on being with the Rangers when training camp opens for next season. (SNY)

He said before the season that he needed to show that he belonged on the roster.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers aren't going to shop Rick Nash but will listen to a trade offer that made sense. (NY Post)

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers on win 00:01:16
Mats Zuccarello, Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Senators.

The Rangers scored the game's first four goals and Henrik Lundqvist had 26 saves as the Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on Tuesday night in game three of three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.  >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:31 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Dan Girardi
  • 13:24 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • 12:21 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey
  • 18:17 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: J.T. Miller, Tanner Glass
  • 18:49 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci

Third period: 

  • N/A
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Rick Nash
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Rick Nash has 13 points in his last 13 playoff games, including the game winner in Game 3, and Larry Brooks writes that the narrative about Nash in the playoffs is a thing of the past. (NY Post)

A smiling Nash told Brooks "let's keep it that way." (NY Post)

Nash said that he looks at each year in the playoffs as a clean slate and said that his focus is on helping the team win, which means "scoring goals." (NY Post)

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The NY Post has a picture of Rick Nash on it's back cover today after he scored the game winning goal last night against Montreal.

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With the Rangers win in Game 4 they added another Game Puck and another piece to their Stanley Cup picture puzzle.

Rick Nash was also awarded the Broadway Hat.

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period before game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

In game one against Montreal, Rick Nash had 3 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 giveaway, 1 blocked shot and played 14:26.

After game one Nash said that he needed to generate more scoring chances

In game two, Nash scored a goal, had 6 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 hit, 2 takeaways and a minus one rating.

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GIECO SportsNite: Rangers 00:00:51
Rick Nash and Derek Stepan talk about preparing themselves as the Rangers head into a first round playoff matchup against the Canadiens.
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New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Rangers face the San Jose Sharks on the road Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET at SAP Center at San Jose.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers fell for the fifth time in their last seven games following Sunday's 6-3 loss at the Ducks. It was the sixth time this season New York has allowed six goals or more, its most such games since 2009-10 (six).
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Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) shoots and scores a goal in front of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) shoots and scores a goal in front of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Rick Nash has goals in consecutive games for the first time since before the Christmas break.

He has 2 goals and 5 shots in the past two games after going 9 games without a goal.

Nash said after his goal in New Jersey and after his goal against the Islanders that he is "here" & "paid" to score goals. (NY Post)

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Rick Nash has not scored in the four games since he returned from injury and hasn't scored in 9 games overall, dating back to 2/26 against Columbus.

Nash has put 44 shots on goal during his nine-game scoreless streak and has a shooting percentage of 2.3% during that stretch.

In 60 games last season Nash had 15 goals and 21 assists, with a shooting percentage of 8.2% in 16:56 per game.

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Rick Nash spoke with John Giannone on MSG after the Rangers loss to Florida and said:

  • "It seems like we play in straight lines on the road, pucks deep and at home we try to make the cute plays and not get as many shots on net. We are trying to bring that road game home."
  • Do you realize it's happening, "yea, I think that, you are down there and hear us on the bench and we are trying to play in straight lines, trying to get shots through and when it's 7-8 shots on net in the second it's obviously not good enough. Trying to simplify our game at home, not try and make so many cute plays. That is what we do on the road and why we have success."
  • On battle level in the second, "they took it to us after the first 10 minutes of the game, they trapped us in our zone. Their D came down low on the wingers, we weren't able to make plays to get the puck out of the zone, we struggled a bit until we started to play a chip and chase game."
  • On getting one point, "we didn't play our best but we got a point, with a chance for two. It's a quick turnaround, short-term memory and we have a game tomorrow against one of the best teams in the league."
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Rick Nash has played in two straight games for the Rangers after missing last Thursday's loss to the Hurricanes with an upper body injury.

Nash has 7 shots in the past two games and played 15:17 against Detroit and 16:23 against Tampa Bay.

Against Tampa Bay last night, Nash attempted 7 shots (4 on goal, 2 that were blocked, 1 that missed the net) and had 3 of his shots on goal in the first and his fourth in the third period.

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Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center J.T. Miller (10) left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) defenseman Brendan Smith (42) and defenseman Brady Skjei (76) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center J.T. Miller (10) left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) defenseman Brendan Smith (42) and defenseman Brady Skjei (76) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

The Rangers will be without Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and Michael Grabner as they take on the Hurricanes from PNC Arena Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

  1. The Rangers improved to 24-8-0 on the road this season with Tuesday's 5-2 win at the Panthers. New York is the first team in NHL history to win 24 of its first 32 road games.
  2. The Hurricanes fell for the 10th time in their last 12 games with a 3-1 loss at the Avalanche on Tuesday. Carolina has scored fewer than four goals in each of the last 12 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
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Mar 6, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 6, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Rick Nash has 3 goals in the past 15 games despite putting 49 shots on goal and averaging 16:20 per game.

Nash had 8 shots on goal Monday against Tampa Bay and has 10 shots on goal in the past two games.

Ron Duguay said on MSG after the Tampa game that Nash hadn't played "this hard" in a long time.

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GEICO SportsNite: NYR lose 00:00:39
Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and coach Alain Vigneault speak to the media following the Rangers' 5-2 loss to Columbus on Sunday night.

The New York Rangers lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more

First period:

  • 1:02 CLB Alexander Wennberg; Assists: David Savard, Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • 4:07 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Derek Stepan
  • 6:47 CLB Cam Atkinson (power play); Assists: Sam Gagner, Zach Werenski

Second period:

  • 9:47 CLB Wennberg; Assist: Oliver Bjorkstrand

Third period:

  • 4:12 CLB Cam Atkinson; Assist: Brandon Dubinsky
  • 19:36 CLB Josh Anderson; Assists: Scott Hartnell, William Karlsson
  • 19:59 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Marc Staal, Oscar Lindberg
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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

The Rangers face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers fell to the Canadiens, 3-2, in a shootout in New York on Tuesday, just their second loss in their last nine games (7-1-1). Even with the hot streak, the Rangers still sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, despite having more points than any team in the Atlantic Division.
  • The Maple Leafs beat the Jets, 5-4, in overtime on Tuesday in Toronto. The Leafs have scored 21 goals in their last five games, matching their season high for any five-game span -- they also had 21 goals in five games between January 1 and 13.
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Rick Nash scored on a breakaway on Tuesday against Montreal and has a three-game point streak.

Since returning to the Rangers lineup after the bye week, Nash has 4 goals and 6 assists in 17 games, with 46 shots on goal and an average of 17:05.

He said that he thinks his game has been good lately, has been around the net and making plays with the puck. (Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that Nash played well against Montreal, scored a big goal and that his line had some "real positive shifts on the ice."

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GEICO SportsNite: Isles best NYR 00:00:24
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh discusses the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Islanders on the road at Barclays Center.

Andrew Ladd scored twice and the Islanders extended their unbeaten streak at the Barclays Center to 10 games with a 4-2 win over the Rangers, who came into the game having won six straight. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:23 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Brady Skjei

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
  • 6:24 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Stephen Gionta

Third period

  • 3:03 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (short handed); Assists: John Tavares
  • 3:46 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Brady Skjei, Rick Nash
  • 18:50 NYI Andrew Ladd (empty net); Assists: Jason Chimera
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In the Rangers first three home games this past week, the line of Derek Stepan between Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey had:

  • Rick Nash: 1 goal, 9 shots on goal, a minus one rating and 16:20 per game
  • Derek Stepan: 1 assist, 5 shots on goal, minus one rating and 18:20 per game
  • Jimmy Vesey: 5 shots on goal, minus one rating and 14:29 per game.

On Saturday, Rick Nash converted a Derek Stepan pass 5:36 into the third period to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.

Derek Stepan said that he felt that his line had played better in the Rangers first three home games than they did on Saturday but were not rewarded. (Game Notes)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

On Thursday against the Sabres, Rick Nash played 19:56, had 3 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts that missed the net and was held off the score sheet.

Nash said after the game that he couldn't "buy" a goal but that he felt his hands and legs "going together"(NY Post)

He added, "I'm looking to build on this." (NY Post)

Nash played 5:27 in the first, 5:44 in the second, 6:56 in the third and 1:49 in OT.

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Since returning from a groin injury, Rick Nash has just one goal and three assists in seven games with 15 shots on goal and is averaging 17:11.

He had five shots on goal against the Flyers on Wednesday after putting none on net against the Kings on Monday.

Nash said that he knew it would take some time for him to get his hands and timing back after being out and that despite feeling that he has his speed back "it's been a bit of a struggle for me to find my groove." (NY Post)

 

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Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

The New York Rangers' three-goal third-period rally fell short as they allowed three goals in the first period and four goals in the second en route to a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:27 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
  • 12:34 DAL Patrick Eaves (power play); Assists: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
  • 12:46 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assist: Radek Faksa
  • 17:54 DAL Jamie Benn; Assists: Cody Eakin, Eaves

Second period:

  • 4:32 DAL Antoine Roussel; Assist: Lauri Korpikoski
  • 9:56 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 12:06 NYR Buchnevich; Assists: Kevin Klein, Adam Clendening
  • 12:54 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assists: Devin Shore, Faksa
  • 15:53 DAL Adam Cracknell; Assists: Korpikoski, Dan Hamhuis
  • 17:40 DAL Eakin; Assists: Eaves, Benn

Third period:

  • 3:11 NYR Kreider; Assists: Stepan, Zuccarello
  • 5:31 NYR Stepan; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Zuccarello
  • 7:26 NYR Zibanejad; Assists: Nash, Buchnevich
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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

In two games since returning to the Rangers lineup, Rick Nash has one goal on five shots.

Nash is averaging 16:47 per game and played 15:39 against the Leafs and 17:54 against Montreal.

Against the Leafs:

  • Nash had 2 shots on goal, 2 shots that missed the net, 2 hits, 2 giveaways and 1 takeaway while playing 4:49 in the first, 5:48 in the second, 5:02 in the third, 4:14 on the PP and 2:03 on the PK.
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said today about Nash, "had a talk with him yesterday prior to practice. 100%, ready to go, before he got injured he was one of our best two-way players if not our best two-way player at that time. He was competing real hard and using his tools that make him the player that he is, a power forward that can take pucks to the net and make it really challenging on the opposition. The guy that can defend, knows how to use his body and stick to defend against elite players because most of the time he is playing against of the other team's top personnel. He looked anxious to get back. I think he wanted to get back prior to the break but this was on the safe side and we are good to go."

1:06PM: Nash said this morning that he is "good, everything feels good. No setbacks." (NYR)

9:21AM: Rick Nash will return to the Rangers lineup tonight after missing the past 8 games with a groin injury.

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

9:29AM: Vigneault said of Buchnevich's time in Harfford, "like I mentioned, he played real well in the first game, very pleased with his first game back. Just okay in his second and they liked his third. They thought that he made some plays and got involved. Conditioning wise he seems to be where he is supposed to be. Hopefully that three game experience will prepare him to contribute here, before he got hurt the second time he was playing real well for us and that is the player we are looking for."

On the rehab and training Buchnevich has had, "that is what we are hoping on and that is why we took the time that we did to strengthen his core and his back where he had some issues. We are keeping our fingers crossed and with all the hard work that he put in, we are hoping and we are confident that it will pay off. He's looked real good, he's been telling everyone that he feels fine and he has played and practiced and looked good."

5:33PM: Alain Vigneault said today that both Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich are expected to play tomorrow when the Rangers return from their bye.

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Rick Nash could return to the Rangers lineup on Friday after only playing in three games since the first week of December.

This season Nash has 13 goals and 7 assists and is on pace for 30 goals and 16 assists. (THN)

Nash has said that it's been frustrating for him to miss time since he felt that he was playing well at the time of the injury.

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

4:02PM: Alain Vigneault said today (MSG):

  • On Rick Nash, "Nash, I would say, is close, but not tomorrow. The bye week will probably help him as far as getting to 100% and I think he is close but he is not quite there yet. Bye week should help."
  • What does Nash need to do, "he has been working real hard, today him and Pavel were on D, probably our best D pair, our guys were calling them Niedermayer and Pronger out there. (laugh) I think he is real close but since we have 1 game left and the 5 days, just to be on the smart side and wait until next week."

3:47PM: Nash said on Friday (MSG):

  • "Still feel it a bit out there, so 4-5 days off should help."
  • How do you feel compared to when you last returned, "it's better. It's going in the right direction. This bye week is coming at a perfect time for me."
  • On how he feel about the bye helping, "Very optimistic I will be able to play and then it's just about finding that groove and your timing and speed and all that stuff which is hard coming off an injury but very optimistic that after the break I will be back in."
  • How concerned are you about the injury, "that is what we learned from the first one, over-compensating and not playing on a full groin. We are on the right track now and just want to make sure it's at 100% before we come back."
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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

1/2/17 | 9:21PM: Nash said that if he is able to go full speed in practice it would seem "kind of silly" to sit out as a precaution. (NY Post)

He said that when he can get up to "full stride" he will coordinate with the coaches and training staff and make a "smart decision and go from there." (NY Post)

4:15PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday, "as soon as he tells me that he is good to go and gets cleared by the medical staff then he is playing. If that is tomorrow, the next day, Friday, as soon as he says he is good to go then I am putting him in." (NYR)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

12/20/16 | 2:15PM: Vigneault spoke this morning about Nash and said (NYR):

  • On Rick Nash, "he won't play these next two games and then we back from the Christmas break and it's just a morning skate so it's probably safe to say that he won't play the next three games and after that I would say that it's day to day and see how he reacts to treatment and take it a day at a time."
  • Is time frame similar to the last one, "it's on the other side. Probably compensation and the lovely schedule that we have had. He just hurt it right at the start of OT in the last game."
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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

In his return to the lineup on Thursday, Rick Nash had the game winning goal, 2 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and 2 that missed the net with one blocked shot in 15:21.

Nash intercepted a Jamie Benn pass early in the third to score shorthanded.

He credited Jeff Beukeboom with making an adjustment to how the Rangers were killing penalties to cheat a bit when Dallas "dropped" the puck and "this time it worked out." (MSG)

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Rick Nash plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game. (AP)
Rick Nash plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game. (AP)

4:11PM: Rick Nash spoke with Amanda Borges of the Rangers website earlier today and said (NYR):

  • On how he is feeling, "I feel that if I can get through a full practice then I can play in a game. Whenever you come back from an injury you are always worried about the confidence that you have in that injury and it will be a good test tonight for me to get back into it."
  • What has impressed you, "our defensive game has been really strong. Our goaltending with Antti stepping up and playing unbelievable. We have been coming back in our own zone, stopping, blocking shots, and I know before we were harping on it a lot to get our defensive game back where it needed to be and that is one thing that impressed me watching the games."
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(Adam Hunger)

12/4/16 | 1:49PM: Rick Nash spoke with reporters Wednesday following Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On how he is feeling, "everything is feeling better each day, it's positive that after a hard skate yesterday I don't feel worse today."
  • On his status, "I think we will see how it feels in the morning. Today was the hardest day yet and everything felt pretty good in practice."
  • On itching to get back, "It was tough. I was starting to feel really good before and playing good hockey. It's a bit discouraging to go through an injury like this when everything seems to go right."
  • On not wanting to rush back, "finding the happy medium of being healthy enough to play and not coming back too early, getting re-injured and then being out longer."
  • "Each stride I still feel it a bit but when you go through something like this it hangs around for a while. It's just a matter of what you can deal with and the confidence that the trainers and doctors have about it not getting worse."

Nash will travel with the team to Dallas. (NYR)

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Rangers have announced that following his MRI, Rick Nash will be out for one week after tweaking his groin last night.

Nash left the game last night after a 9 second shift in the second period and did not return.

Nash has 11 goals and 7 assists in 27 games this season and 4 goals and 3 assists in the past 8 games.

Over the next week or so the Rangers play @Winnipeg, @Chicago, Devils, Chicago, @Dallas.

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Following the Rangers win over Carolina on Tuesday, Henrik Lundqvist said that it was great to see Rick Nash play with that level of confidence. (MSG & Game Notes)

Lundqvist added, "I love watching him take pucks to the net. He is so strong and skates really well and when he decides to go to the net not a lot of guys can stop him. (MSG & Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that Nash was the Rangers leader on Tuesday and made "great" plays both defensively and offensively. (MSG)

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 (Adam Hunger)
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Rick Nash was awarded the Broadway Hat after scoring the game tying goal early in the third period.

Nash was also named the first star of the game.

Alain Vigneault said on MSG, "You need some people to come out and take charge and there is no doubt that Rick, tonight, was the leader of this team by his play. He made some great defensive plays, he made some, obviously that first shift in the third when he tied it up and then he made that great play on the PP. He played the type of game that we needed against a real tough opponent."

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