The positive signs continue for Rick Nash, as New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault
announced that the power forward would practice on Wednesday.
Nash said that he’s concussion symptom-free but still playing it safe. This doesn’t mean that he’s scuttling that safety-first plan (Sidney Crosby’s recovery probably seemed interminable for fans even as he practiced, for one example).
Nash, 29, has only played in three games this season, collecting three assists. Brad Stuart’s hit on Oct. 8 sidelined him and earned the San Jose Sharks defenseman
a three-game suspension.
The Rangers face the New Jersey Devils tonight.
It might be dangerous to get your hopes up about a return in the very near future, but if you want to play that game, here are the Rangers’ next few games:
Saturday: at Montreal
Sunday: vs. Los Angeles
Nov. 19: vs. Boston
Nov. 21: at Dallas
Click here if you really want to go even deeper down that scheduling rabbit hole.)
Death, taxes and
Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.
OK, the third thing on that list isn’t
technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.
It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.
This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as
Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.
One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.
Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman
Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.
At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.
“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said,
according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”
As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:
Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.
The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.
Regular Selke winner
Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.
That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward
Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as
Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.
as unlikely, but still.)
Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.
Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.
You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.
Here’s his second assist for good measure:
Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.