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 face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
According to STATS:
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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In the Rangers first three home games this past week, the line of Derek Stepan between Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey had:
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)
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.
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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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:
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.
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.
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.
4:02PM: Alain Vigneault said today (MSG):
3:47PM: Nash said on Friday (MSG):
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)
12/20/16 | 2:15PM: Vigneault spoke this morning about Nash and said (NYR):
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)
4:11PM: Rick Nash spoke with Amanda Borges of the Rangers website earlier today and said (NYR):
12/4/16 | 1:49PM: Rick Nash spoke with reporters Wednesday following Rangers practice (NYR):
Nash will travel with the team to Dallas. (NYR)
The Rangers have announced that following his MRI, Rick Nash will be out for one week after tweaking his groin last night.
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.
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)
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."
Jimmy Vesey and Rick Nash both scored in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
11/23 4:57PM: According to the list that the NHL has sent to the teams, Rick Nash will need to be protected by the Rangers in the expansion draft. (Sportsnet)
Chris Johnston explains that Nash's contract stipulates that the no-move aspect of Nash's contract, which was downgraded to a no-trade in 2015, is still in place when it comes to being "waived or loaned" which is how the league is interpreting things in relation to the expansion draft. (Sportsnet)
The Rangers will also have to protect Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi due to their no-move clauses. (Sportsnet)
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Rick Nash had a goal and an assist last night against the Penguins for his first goal in 6 games and his first multi-point performance in 11 games.
Nash played 14:19 on Monday, 4:25 in the first, 4:12 in the second and 5:42 in the third and opened the scoring for the Rangers int he second period.
He has 8 goals and 5 assists in 20 games and is averaging 16:07 per night which is the least amount of ice time he has had on a per game basis since he was a rookie.
Nash has a shooting percentage of 13.8% (8 goals on 85 shots) which is the same shooting percentage he had two years ago when he scored 42 goals.
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Rick Nash has 7 goals and 3 assists in 14 games this season for the Rangers including 5 at even strength, 2 on the PP and 1 game winner.
It took Nash 20 games to get to 7 goals last season and he only had 2 goals in 17 games before scoring 5 in 3 games.
On Nash's start, Alain Vigneault that he has a "jump to his game" and that he is going into the tough areas to score goals.
Vigneault said on 11/8 that when Nash has "good jump" and "good legs" it's very challenging for a defenseman to stop him.
Nash spoke after the game on MSG and said,
Rick Nash told Elliotte Friedman that he didn't feel like he found his stride until just before the Rangers were eliminated in the playoffs. (Sportsnet)
Nash said that he was struggling to score and that before he could find his rhythm he got hurt and missed time last season.
He said that he "work as hard" as he could all summer but also prepared himself for a possible trade knowing that changes would be made. (Sportsnet)
This season, Rick Nash has 3 goals, 2 assists, a minus four rating, 24 shots and an average of 16:46 per game.
Nash has 34 shot attempts, 4 hits, 8 blocked shots, 6 takeaways and 5 giveaways.
Joe Micheletti said a few games ago on MSG that Nash looks like a "real determined" player who has been using his "size, speed and length" to create scoring chances.
The Rangers erupted after falling into an early 2-0 hole as they beat the Bruins, 5-2 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.First period:0:10 BOS David Pastrnak; Assists: Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara14:44 BOS Austin Czarnik; Assist: David Krejci
First Period 12:06: NYR: Marc Staal; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello19:02 SJS: Logan Couture; Assists: Joe Pavelski, Joe ThorntonSecond Period4:15 NYR: Rick Nash; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider10:21 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Antti Raanta
10/13/16 | On Rick Nash, Vigneault said on Thursday "I would say that he gave the indication that he gave the indication to you at one time and said that he has to fight to make the team and maybe that was exaggerated a little bit, he definitely had a spot on our team but he knows that we need him at his best, he knows that he is a big role model on our team which is one of the reasons why we made him an Assistant captain. We know that there is pressure on him and pressure on this group and he wants to do well. He has done everything he can over the summer and in camp to prepare himself for this season and new opportunity and I am sure he will do it." (NYR)
10/11/16 | Nash said today:
4:39PM: On naming Nash alternate captain, Alain Vigneault said today "There is no doubt that we need a healthy Rick Nash and him playing to his strength. We also named him assistant captain today officially. After talking with Ryan McDonagh and having not replaced Marty St. Louis, Ryan and I discussed different possibilities and felt that Rick, with his past experience, would be a great fit and help to him. It was officially named this morning and I am confident that, I don't want to say that added pressure but the added importance, you don't need a letter on your sweater to be a leader but I am hoping that this will be getting Rick even more involved than he has been in the past and every time he has been prodded or challenged he has responded well and we are going to need him to respond well. (NYR)
Rick Nash said last week that he doesn't consider his job with the Rangers this season to be "safe at all." (NYR)
He said that last year was not a good year for him and he is looking at this season as a "fresh start" and an opportunity to "prove himself." (NYR)
Nash said that his leg didn't feel 100% until the summer but said that he came into camp in his "best shape yet." (NYR)
Alain Vigneault said that he "firmly believes" that Rick Nash's scoring touch is still there and that Nash is a "complete player." (Rangers Report)
Nash has been skating in New York for a while and Vigneault said that he came to camp in "great shape." (Rangers Report)
At 32, Rick Nash is slated to begin his fifth season with the Rangers following an injury-filled and disappointing season where had 15 goals and 21 assists in 60 games.
Prior to the start of last season, Alain Vigneault mentioned that when Nash was in Sochi for the Olympics in 2014 he had a conversation with Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman about the changes Yzerman had to make as his career progressed.
Dave Reid said on the NHL Network that the Rangers need to get more out of Nash to get proper value for his cap hit of $7.8 million. (NHL)
Nash is signed for this season and next at a cap hit of $7.8 million but an actual salary of $8 million this year and $8.2 million next year. (Cap Friendly)
According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers are (NY Post):
Brooks writes that the "mix" inside the Rangers locker room has become "as stale as the team on the ice." (NY Post)
He also wonders if the Rangers are overvaluing their players or the league is undervaluing them." (NY Post)
According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers have been offered "pennies on the dollar" in exchange for "primary asset" Rick Nash. (NY Post)
It's been said that the Rangers are not offering their players at a discount.
According to Larry Brooks, Rick Nash has submitted his list of 12 teams that he would accept a trade to and that he would not accept a trade to a Canadian team. (NY Post)
Brooks notes that taking out the 7 Canadian teams limit the options the Rangers may have. (NY Post)
He also says that St. Louis is not interested in Nash despite Nash's previous relationship with Ken Hitchcock. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers should not trade Rick Nash if they have to do so on one of the following conditions (NY Post) :
He says that Nash has been the Rangers best forward since joining the team even though last season was the worst of his career. (NY Post)
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Nash has two years left on his deal with a cap hit of $7.8 million but an actual salary of $8 million this year and $8.2 million next year. (Cap Friendly)
Nash has a limited no-trade clause and has a list of 12 teams he can be traded to.
6/2/16 | 11:57AM: Nash is listed 8th on the TSN Trade Bait board and is the only Ranger on the list.
6/1/16 | 1:42PM Elliotte Friedman writes that there is a lot of "smoke" around the Rangers and that they will be "interesting to watch." (Sportsnet)
Friedman says that it sounds as if there is "legit interest" in Rick Nash, who has 12 teams he can be traded to, and is someone who can make a "big difference" if he's healthy." (Sportsnet)
Over the weekend it was reported that one of the names that Rick Nash is one of the names that could be brought up in rumors and Elliotte Friedman added "there seems to be a little bit of smoke to this one."
Nash has a list of 12 teams that he can accept a trade to and Friedman said that he thinks the Rangers may have been asked about Nash and speculates that under the right circumstances the Rangers would move him.
Friedman added that the Rangers think that Nash's struggles at times this year were due to playing hurt and that if he is healthy he will be a more effective player.
5/22/16 | 8:16AM: Larry Brooks writes that he doesn't think that the Blues will look at Rick Nash as the "missing link." (NY Post)
Nash has been connected to St. Louis in the past due to his past relationship with Ken Hitchcock. (NY Post)
5/21/16 | 9:29PM: On Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman said "you are going to hear a lot of wild rumors this year, I think this is going to be a crazy season for them and one of the first to hit is Rick Nash. He has a 12 team list that he can be dealt to and there seems to be a little bit of smoke to this one. I think they may have been asked, I think they would be willing to do it under the right circumstances but there are a couple of things here. 1) he has a $7.8 million cap hit for two more seasons, how would that work and 2) while he struggled this year, the Rangers really defended him. They felt that Nash played hurt and it impacted his totals and they look at it and say if he is healthy he can be much more effective. He is going to be a name and the Rangers are going to be a team to watch."
Rick Nash said that when he was captain in Columbus one of his big responsibilities was to "lead by example." (NY Post)
He said that while he doesn't have a letter on his jersey with the Rangers he still sees himself like an "older guy and a leader" and that "when you're not the most vocal guy, you definitely try to lead by example." (NY Post)
Chris Kreider said that when Nash is going "everyone is going" and that when he is out there "crushing people" it is "easy" to follow.(NY Post)
Rick Nash said that he had "flashes" this year where his game was strong but that needs to find his consistency moving forward.(MSG)
Nash said that he didn't put up the numbers that he wanted to this year but he needs to "get better and come back even stronger." (MSG)
Asked about potential changes this summer, Nash said "It's hard not to worry but we can't control it, there is a business side to hockey, for me, I love this city and organization but the realistic side of it is that you can't control what happens in the summer." (NHL)