Nash Takes Part in Contact Practice, Travels With Team
By Matt Calamia
The good news continued Friday for Rick Nash and the New York Rangers, as the star forward skated with his teammates in a full contact jersey for the first time since he sustained a head injury on October 8 against San Jose.
“It’s good. It’s all positive,” Nash told MSG Network following the team’s practice before the team flew to Montreal for tomorrow night’s matchup with the Canadiens at Bell Centre. “I’m doing more each day and everything is right on track now.”
Nash began skating about a week ago on his own, followed by joining the team’s extra players prior to team practices and morning skates. Nash practiced with the team in a non-contact jersey for the first time on Wednesday before taking part in his first contact skate this morning.
Nash skated alongside Michael Del Zotto as the fourth defensive pair — Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch tomorrow night — and later was slotted onto the team’s second power play unit.
The star winger said at this point, it’s just “getting my legs underneath me and feel more in shape” after he was “doing nothing” for four weeks.
Nash, who reiterated there is still no timeline for his return, joined his teammates for their trip up to Montreal, and sees getting back into the rhythm of routine with his teammates as a positive.
“Just the way you hang out with the boys and flying and sticking together, you miss that when you’re away for a while.”