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At the Rink: Rangers at Devils

Nash out for New York; Cammalleri, Moore won't play for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Left wing Rick Nash skated on his own for the first time in more than a week but will miss his third straight game when the New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET: MSG 2, MSG+, NHL.TV). 

Nash, who was off the ice for 10 straight days before returning Tuesday for a light skate, is out because of a bone bruise in his left leg. Nash is day-to-day and questionable for the Rangers' next game against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. 

Nash had a CT scan done Monday that confirmed nothing more than a bone bruise. 

"I'm hopeful he can play later in the week," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We'll see how he reacts [Wednesday] to the skate today and then I'll have a better idea where we stand moving forward." 

In a 4-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 22, Nash left the game 30 seconds into the third period after falling hard into the boards. He returned and later blocked a shot by Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk with his left knee before exiting for good. 

Nash has 12 goals this season after scoring an NHL career-high 42 in 2014-15. 

The Devils will be without left wing Michael Cammalleri and defenseman John Moore.  

Cammalleri, who also will miss the game Thursday at the Toronto Maple Leafs, was placed on injured reserve Monday because of an upper-body injury, retroactive to Jan. 26. Cammalleri leads the Devils with 24 assists and 38 points. 

"Our confidence level is that we feel we can win a game without Michael Cammalleri, but Mike's a special guy and special player so you have to make sure you handle [the lineup] the right way," Devils coach John Hynes said. 

Moore will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury, though he practiced for a second straight day. 

"I just want to give him a couple more days to make sure he's ready and get him a couple practices," Hynes said. 

Rangers forward J.T. Miller, who has filled in for Nash on a line with Derick Brassard and Jesper Fast, has five goals in his past six games. Miller does not have a point in eight games against the Devils. 

The Rangers have scored 17 goals while winning four straight games in New Jersey, and are 4-for-13 on the power play in the previous three games. The Rangers are second in the Metropolitan Division, three points ahead of the Islanders and four points ahead of the Devils. 

The Rangers are 3-10-2 in the past 15 road games. 

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has won three straight at Prudential Center with a 1.97 goals-against average. Lundqvist is 5-0-1 with a 1.64 GAA in his past six games against the Devils. Devils goalie Cory Schneider is 2-4-1 with a 2.27 GAA and .919 save percentage in eight games against the Rangers. 

"Year in and year out [Lundqvist] is one of the best and you're not going to get any easy games with him," Schneider said. "He always seems to play well against us so it's my job to make sure that I'm making more big saves than he is. I need to keep my team in it just like he will." 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello  

J.T. Miller - Derick Brassard - Jesper Fast 

Oscar Lindberg - Kevin Hayes - Viktor Stalberg  

Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Daniel Paille  

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi  

Marc Staal - Dan Boyle  

Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein  

Henrik Lundqvist 

Antti Raanta  

Injured: Rick Nash (bone bruise) 

Scratches: Dylan McIlrath  


Joseph Blandisi - Adam Henrique - Lee Stempniak  

Sergey Kalinin - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri  

Reid Boucher - Jacob Josefson - Tyler Kennedy  

Bobby Farnham - Stephen Gionta - Jordin Tootoo  

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson  

Eric Gelinas - David Schlemko  

Seth Helgeson - Damon Severson  

Cory Schneider 

Keith Kinkaid  

Injured: John Moore (lower body), Jon Merrill (right arm), Patrik Elias (right knee), Jiri Tlusty (right wrist). 

Scratches: Stefan Matteau, Tuomo Ruutu  

Status report: The Devils recalled forwards Blandisi and Boucher and defenseman Helgeson from Albany of the American Hockey League on Monday. … McDonagh and Schneider, who each represented the Metropolitan Division in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, each participated in the morning skate and will be in the lineup for their respective teams. … The only lineup change for the Rangers will be on defense, where Boyle will be in for McIlrath. Boyle will likely be paired with Staal. 

Who's hot: Stepan has one goal and six points in his past six games. … Schneider has allowed two or fewer goals in 27 of his past 35 starts since Oct. 29. He is 18-13-4 with four shutouts, a 1.96 GAA and .932 save percentage over that stretch.

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