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Nash back on ice, but unlikely to face Jets

by Dan Rosen

For the first time in nine days, Rick Nash returned to the ice in a regular practice jersey for the New York Rangers' morning skate Tuesday. However, Nash sidestepped questions about when he will be able to return to the lineup and did not specify the nature of his injury.

The Rangers, who also have not disclosed Nash's injury, play the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Nash missed the past three games due to the injury and it's unlikely he will play against the Jets, although he wouldn't rule himself out completely.

"I'm feeling good, getting better," Nash told reporters at the team's training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. "It's a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate with the guys. I don’t know about tonight. Obviously, I'll talk to the trainers. But it was a good day to get a good skate in."

Nash was asked directly if he had a concussion, but he didn't give a direct response, saying "that's up for the doctors to decide."

Nash added that "a lot of different things" have kept him out of the lineup for the past three games. He did not go into specifics.

"I've been banged up quite a bit and obviously I just didn't feel I could compete out there," he said. "After last week and today it's definitely in the right direction and it's a big positive."

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who didn't skate Tuesday morning, also is doubtful for the game against the Jets. He was injured when Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty drove him into the end boards Saturday. McDonagh didn't practice Monday.

Forward Darroll Powe is expected to return to the lineup after missing the past three games with a concussion. Arron Asham (back spasms) did not participate in the morning skate and likely will miss his third straight game.

Defenseman Marc Staal was not on the ice for the morning skate. He has been dealing with the flu but hasn't missed any games.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start in goal against the Jets.


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