The Rangers did not practice on Friday, instead traveling from Ottawa to Montreal, where they will face-off with the Canadiens on Saturday night. However the team did make some news, announcing that defenseman Steve Eminger has been recalled from his conditioning stint with the Connecticut Whale. In addition the Rangers announced that Rick Nash, who did not travel with the team to Ottawa due to an unspecified injury, will not be joining the club for its game in Montreal either.
Saturday will mark the third straight game which Nash has missed. Despite that fact, Nash still leads the Rangers in scoring with 12 points (3-9-12) in 14 games played. The Rangers have lost both of their games without Nash in the lineup, a 3-1 home-ice loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday and Thursday's 3-2 shootout defeat in Ottawa.
There had been some hope that Nash would be able to join the team in Montreal for Saturday's game, but early Friday that hope was laid to rest with the announcement that he would not be coming north.
Eminger rejoins the team after appearing in four games with the Whale, where he scored one goal and recorded nine shots on goal. Earlier this season the 29 year-old veteran had played in four games with the Rangers without scoring a point, posting a +1 plus/minus rating.
Fellow defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced from Thursday's game against the Senators in the third period after absorbing a clean, hard check into the boards. He left the ice and did not return to action. No word is available on Del Zotto's status for Saturday's contest.
The Rangers played without the injured Nash, Darroll Powe (concussion), and Arron Asham (day to day, banged up) in their loss to the Senators.
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