The Rangers announced shortly before pre-game warmups on Tuesday that Rick Nash would not be playing against the Montreal Canadiens. He will be replaced in the lineup by rookie Chris Kreider, who joins fellow rookie Brandon Mashinter---in the lineup for the injured Darrell Powe---as new additions to the lineup following Sunday's 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
In his pre-game press conference, Rangers head coach John Tortorella had the following response when asked if he had any update to offer on Nash's condition, "None. He's out."
Tortorella has stated within the last week that Nash is "banged up", but has not elaborated further. Nash did not practice last Saturday and was not deemed fit to play Sunday until he participated in pre-game warmups. Not only did Nash play, but he earned an assist and led the team with eight shots on goal.
Nash did practice on Monday, so Tuesday's announcement did come as a bit of a surprise.
"He's a good player," Tortorella said of Nash, who leads the Rangers with 12 points in 14 games. "But (his absence) just gives someone else an opportunity."
This will be the first game Nash has missed as a Ranger.
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