• Under the microscope, again

    News: Rick Nash has 52 points in 59 career games versus Wednesday's opponent Chicago.
    Analysis: As expected Rick Nash will lineup on the team's first unit with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Despite coming off a 42-goal campaign last season, after disappearing during the team's run to the Eastern Conference Finals, it's fair to say Nash is under the microscope again this fall and needs a quick start. It should be interesting to see how Nash responds to three tilts in the first four days. After the team opens the NHL season in Chicago, they will take on Nash's former employer Columbus in a traditional home-and-home series.
  • Rangers' Nash Racks Up Four Points In Game 6

    News: Rick Nash scored a power-play goal and handed out there assists in Tuesday's Game 6 victory over the Lightning.
    Analysis: After getting shut out in Game 5 at home, the Rangers needed Rick Nash to step up and drive their offense in Game 6, and he did just that. It was his gorgeous pass to Derick Brassard that led to J.T. Miller's first goal of the playoffs, pushing the Rangers' lead to 3-1 early in the third period. Nash has had a quiet playoffs overall, but now has seven points in the last three games. If he can stay hot in Game 7 on Friday, it'll be trouble for Tampa.
  • Rangers' Nash Snaps Slump With Two Goals, Assist

    News: Rick Nash ended his four-game scoring drought with two goals -- one on the power play -- and an assist in Friday's Game 4 victory over Tampa Bay.
    Analysis: Rick Nash's late-first-period goal, scored on a breakaway backhander past Ben Bishop, energized the Rangers and led to a big day for several guys who have been struggling of late -- in addition to Nash's bust-out, Martin St. Louis and Keith Yandle both scored their first goals of the playoffs, and Kevin Klein had his first multi-point game of the postseason. We've been waiting for Nash to get it going, and if he remains an offensive factor moving forward, he'll give the Rangers a great chance to win this series and move on to play for the Stanley Cup.
  • Rangers' Nash Finally Finds Twine Again

    News: Rick Nash scored his second goal of the playoffs -- his first since April 18 -- in Sunday's Game 6 win over the Capitals.
    Analysis: Rick Nash had gone eight games without finding twine, tallying just three assists in that span. His defensive play has been unimpeachable, but Nash had largely been invisible in the offensive zone until the first minute of Sunday's third period, when he took a pass in front of the net and outwaited Braden Holtby to score a big goal, putting the Rangers up 3-1 at the time. It's nice to see Nash finally show up on the scoresheet, but the Rangers are going to need more from him if they want to continue this playoff run beyond Wednesday's Game 7 in New York.
  • Rangers' Nash Assists In Game 2 Win

    News: Rick Nash collected an assist and put four shots on net in Saturday's win over the Capitals.
    Analysis: In addition to getting a secondary helper on Derick Brassard's game-winner, Rick Nash had an indirect hand in Dan Boyle's first-period tally. Nash's imposing presence in front of the net following a poor clearing attempt by the Capitals defense seemed to fluster goalie Braden Holtby, who lost track of Boyle on the shot. The winger, who has one goal and five points over seven playoff games, should continue to make an impact throughout the series.
  • Rangers' Nash Recovers From Flu, Scores Goal

    News: Rick Nash returned to the lineup in Game 2, logging a goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins.
    Analysis: Although the goal came so late and had little impact, this is good news for arguably the organization's most skilled winger who missed practice fightning the flu. At this point, it seems Rick Nash -two points in his first two playoff games- remains on track to continue his bounce back season throughout the playoffs.
  • Rangers' Nash Returns To Ice

    News: Rick Nash, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a case of the flu, was on the ice for Thursday's morning skate, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Rick Nash, who sat out the Rangers' final two regular season contests with an undisclosed injury, is thus on track to suit up for Thursday's playoff opener against the Penguins. The big winger, who last suited up on April 7, finished the regular season with 42 goals and 69 points -- both team-highs -- in 79 games.
  • Rangers' Nash Set To Play Thursday

    News: With regard to the status of Rick Nash (illness) for Thursday's playoff opener against the Penguins, coach Alain Vigneault indicated Wednesday that the winger will "be fine tomorrow."
    Analysis: Rick Nash did not skate with the Rangers on Wednesday, as he deals with a bout of the flu, but he should be good to go for Thursday's playoff opener, after sitting out the Rangers' final two regular season contests with an undisclosed injury.
  • Rangers' Nash Misses Practice With Flu

    News: Rick Nash missed Wednesday's practice due to a case of the flu, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Though Rick Nash was declared ready to play after missing the Rangers' final two regular-season contests with an undisclosed injury, it appears the winger has a new issue to contend with on the eve of the playoffs. James Sheppard skated in Nash's spot at Wednesday's practice, but for now, the Rangers appear optimistic that Nash will be healthy in time for Thursday's Game 1 versus the Penguins. Check back on his status after the Rangers complete their morning skate Thursday.
  • Rangers' Nash Set To Play In Game 1

    News: Rick Nash (undisclosed) is "good to go" for Thursday's playoff opener against the Penguins, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
    Analysis: Rick Nash turned in a full practice Tuesday without incident, but he never appeared in peril of missing any playoff action, despite sitting out the final two games of the regular season. The 30-year-old finished the season with 42 goals (third-most in the NHL) and 69 points in his 79 contests, but after his disappearing act during the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals last spring, there will be plenty of pressure on him to produce for the Presidents' Trophy winners.