Rangers’ Nash won’t travel to Montreal, will miss third straight game


The concern over the health of Rangers winger Rick Nash grew on Friday with news that New York wouldn’t bring him to Montreal for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens — meaning Nash will miss a third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Nash hasn’t played since Sunday’s 2-1 win over Washington. He was listed as questionable for the game, but participated in the warmup and proceeded to play a whopping 22:33, recording one assist and a game-high eight shots on goal.

Prior to the Caps game, Rangers head coach John Tortorella was pressed on exactly what Nash’s injury was.

“None of your business,” he told ESPN’s Katie Strang.

On Wednesday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post penned a piece suggesting Nash had suffered some type of head injury last week in a game where he took a hit from Boston forward Milan Lucic.

More, from Brooks:

The Rangers aren’t saying anything about the condition of Nash, who played two days after taking the unpenalized hit and then again three days after that despite a couple of days that we know of, when he wasn’t feeling well.

No one is saying whether No. 61 is suffering post-concussion symptoms. Perhaps more to the point, no one is saying he isn’t.

On Thursday, Lucic addressed that accusation in speaking with CSNNE.com:

“I’m just trying to fore-check and do my job. I’m just trying to do what I get paid to do. I don’t hit dirty,” Lucic said. “I’ve had one [supplemental discipline] call about a hit in my six years so far. So you can criticize me if you want, but whatever.

I’ve had dings where little guys have hit me too, but I was fortunate that I didn’t have to miss any time. If I targeted the head then the league would have been looking at it very closely.

We’ve got our own team here and our own things to worry about.”

Here’s video of the Lucic-Nash hit:

There’s still no word on what Nash’s injury is, or if there’s a timetable for him to rejoin the team.

After Saturday’s game in Montreal, the Rangers will return to Madison Square Garden for a four-game homestand against the Jets, lightning, Sabres and Flyers.

In related news, the Rangers said there’ll be no update on injured defenseman Michael Del Zotto today. The club has recalled Steve Eminger from AHL Connecticut.

Rangers’ Nash out vs. Montreal

Rick Nash Rangers

Rick Nash will miss his first game for the Rangers on Tuesday night when the Blueshirts host the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

It’s unclear exactly what’s ailing the 28-year-old winger. Nash was questionable for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Washington, but participated in the warmup and proceeded to play a whopping 22:33, recording one assist and a game-high eight shots on goal.

Prior to the game, Rangers head coach John Tortorella was pressed on exactly what Nash’s injury was.

“None of your business,” he said to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Playing coy with Nash’s health has been a theme over the last four days. On the weekend, Nash missed a Saturday practice, something that Tortorella chalked up to a “body maintenance day.”

In 14 games this year Nash has 3G-9A-12PTS while averaging 21:24 of ice time.

Sounds as though both Chris Kreider and recently called-up Brandon Mashinter will dress for the Rangers tonight.

Canadiens’ Gallagher and Pacioretty leave game against Flyers with ‘upper body injuries’

Philadelphia Flyers Leafs  v Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens began Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers without the services of goalie Carey Price.

He was out, dealing with a stomach flu. The Canadiens were still victorious by a final score of 4-1, however Montreal could be facing injury trouble to two of its forwards.

Brendan Gallagher left the game in the third period after taking a hit from Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn. Max Pacioretty also left the game and went to the Canadiens dressing room after crashing into the goal post.

The Canadian Press reported that, according to Habs coach Michel Therrien, both players have upper body injuries.

Gallagher, who was put on a line with Pacioretty and David Desharnais, opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season, and added an assist in the second period.

Pacioretty had a pair of assists.

“[Gallagher] played a great game, and you know what, when you have a good work ethic and you work hard, good things happen to you,” Therrien told NHL.com.

“He seemed to light up that line.”

Habs goalie Peter Budaj, who got the start in place of Price, was tested only 19 times all game. In fact, the Flyers only had 10 shots through 40 minutes of play.

The Canadiens are now atop the Northeast Division, one point ahead of the Boston Bruins.

The Flyers, however, occupy the bottom of the Atlantic Division and are now 2-8-0 on the road.

WATCH: Canadiens goalie Price takes a puck to the groin

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

That has to hurt. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price took a Lars Eller shot to the, well, groin area during warm-ups Wednesday night.

Price was in obvious pain, but did return. He made 23 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Canadiens think Pacioretty could return Sunday

Max Pacioretty

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has had some bad injury luck in his young career, but he’s starting to develop a reputation for remarkably quick recoveries.*

The 24-year-old winger was supposed to miss about a month after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Jan. 26. Instead, Michel Therrien told RDS’ Renaud Lavoie that Pacioretty could be back as soon as Sunday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

That would represent a remarkable eight-day turnaround.

(It’s probably about time to insert a “paging Dr. Recchi” joke. Go ahead.)

The American-born forward was on the receiving end of an infamous Zdeno Chara hit on March 8, 2011. Some wondered if he’d ever be the same, yet he bounced back with a 33-goal, 65-point breakout campaign last season. He also had four assists in his first three contests in 2013 before undergoing that emergency procedure.

At this point, it’s tough to count him out, whether he returns Sunday or some other time in the near future.

* – Some total nerds might even want to call him “Wolverine.”