The New York Rangers' abysmal start to the season has the team searching for answers. Those answers will be harder to come by without Rick Nash in the lineup. The skilled winger is still feeling symptoms from what is believed to be a concussion and has been placed on injured reserve.
Nash has missed the Rangers' last two contests and did not practice with the team Monday. There is currently no timetable for Nash's return.
From the New York Post:
Nash, who was placed on injured reserve in a move that opens a roster spot if needed, will not play Wednesday night in Washington and is doubtful at best for Saturday's match in New Jersey. The Blueshirts then do not play until Oct. 24 in Philadelphia.
“He's still feeling some symptoms so until I hear otherwise I don't expect him back,” coach Alain Vigneault said.
Tuesday morning, the team called up J.T. Miller from the AHL.
Clearly, not having Nash compounds the Rangers' scoring woes. Through five games, New York is averaging just 1.80 goals-per-game, which ranks 27th in the league.
The 6-foot-4, 213-pound wing had thre assists through the team's first three games and put up 42 points last season. He's a big key to getting things going offensively for the struggling club that is already without Carl Hagelin, who is still recovering from offseason surgery.
Nash also is believed to have suffered a concussion last season. When it comes to head injuries, there's no need to rush a player back. Though the Rangers really can't afford to wait, they'll have to let Nash get fully healthy before inserting him into the lineup.