The bad news is that Rick Nash will miss his sixth consecutive game with a bad bone bruise in his left leg this evening when the Rangers host the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. The good news is that Nash is feeling "a lot better", according to head coach Alain Vigneault.
"We've been talking about slowing him down a little bit because we weren't seeing that progression we had hoped to see with that bone bruise," explained Vigneault. "He's been off the ice now for three days and today he came in a said he was feeling a lot better."
Nash was originally hurt in a January 22 game against the Carolina Hurricanes. He did not skate for ten days before returning to the ice to skate on his own for three straight days last week. The three-time 40-goal scorer had hoped he could resume practicing with the team, but instead was shut down for several days as Vigneault indicated.
The head coach is hopeful that Nash could once again return to the ice later this week.
"We might give him another day or two more," noted Vigneault. 'It's not an exact science, bone bruises, so we'll see how he feels in a day or two and go from there."
Nash has missed a total of eight games so far this season due to injury. He will be joined by team captain Ryan McDonagh, who suffered a concussion Saturday against the Flyers, on the sidelines Monday.
With McDonagh missing his first game of the season, that leaves Mats Zuccarello, Keith Yandle, Marc Staal, and J.T. Miller as the only players to have appeared in every Rangers game this season.