The Rangers reported today that Rick Nash skated for the third straight day before this morning's practice.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record notes that Nash skated for about 40 minutes with Dom Moore (oblique) and mostly did conditioning drills with very little puck work or shooting.
...very encouraging. Sounds like Nash is focusing on getting himself back into game shape for when he's ultimately given the green light to practice again.
Speaking of Moore, Gross notes that after skating with Nash he joined the team during full practice as the eighth defenseman.
Alain Vigneault said after practice that Moore will not play against the Devils tomorrow, but should be ready for Saturday night in Montreal.
"I am feeling better by the day... (the oblique) feels good, just gotta keep testing it"- @mooredom— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 11, 2013
...looks like my boy Mashinter gets another game vs. the Devils tomorrow, before it's back to the press box on Saturday. Although, with the way Vigneault has been benching Pouliot lately, he might be the guy likely headed for a healthy scratch.
Taylor Pyatt did not practice or skate.
...i'm not even going to attempt to speculate when he might be back.
Any move we could make for a true enforcer? I'm talking about a fourth liner who will end any guy who takes a cheap shot at nash once he comes back. I never thought it'd be necessary for a big man like Nash, but concussions have a cumulative effect (ask Eric Lindros about it), and I want every player in the league to know that if you go at his head, you're going to get a worse punishment than anything Shanaban is going to throw around. Kreider clearly will stand up for teammates and that will encourage others to do the same, but I would sacrifice a roster spot for a man who's job it is to Ivan Drago v Clubber Lang anyone who goes after our superstar.
Totally random, but just noticed that the Carl Hagelin has an uncanny resemblance to the lease singer from Ylvis (What Does The Fox Say? guys)
I gotta be honest I'm just as excited for Dominic Moore to be back as Nash. Boyle and Dorsett are superb together as a line, but always have somebody riding shotgun it seems (They made Pyatt look A LOT better than he is in the playoffs when they were beating the world up). I've never felt this good about a 4th line before.
And yeah having that 40 goal guy I think is name is Nash will be swell too.
I don't think you can break up the top 2 lines right now. Plus, that "third" line isn't well-balanced. Moore is crafty player and could be used on wing. Bench Pouliot I think you go:
Pouliot has not been playing well so he could be out pretty soon. Also, with Moore back they may move Richards back to the wing and play Boyle as the third line center... only time will tell. But I am fairly confident that will be the top line when Nash is back
It's fun to think of Nash coming back but tough to figure what the lines should be. Seems like Nash has been a little better with Stepan than with Richards, but Stepan's line with Kreider and Zucc has been so good it would be a shame to break them up. Hmmm .....
I hope that when Nash comes back, AV keeps the lines balanced - that is, keep the top two lines as is and put Nash with Bressard and either Miller, Dorsett or Pouliot. That would give the Rangers one of the most balanced/deepest attacks in the league.
@danblackburn Kaleta... when he comes back through re -entry waivers for half price... but i don't think anyone on the team likes him after that hit on Richards last year
The enforcer is no more. There's no place in the league for a true enforcer anymore, let alone on this team. Torts had no use for one but Sather always supplied one: Scott, Boogaard, Brashear. Their day is done. AV definitely has no use for an enforcer. There are only a few guys left that resemble an enforcer and when they're gone they will not be replaced.
I'm glad Kreider stuck up for Stepan. That's the kind of team culture we want. All of that said, it does help to have someone who can fight on the team, but they have to be able to play. Mashinter has some game, McIlrath's game is coming along, but those guys aren't going to be given a real chance until they play a little better. The league is too competitive, players are too good.
@shoot_the_goalie Hahaha. My son just said the same thing to me earlier today.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne broken tibia that will require surgery...hate to speculate but that could easily be the season for him. hate to see that happen to a superstar.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne My God that's awful! Looks like his ankle just snapped. Horrendous for the league. He's a bona fide superstar and IMO the top player in the league. Just awful. Hopefully it was not as bad as it looked, but man it looked bad.
@rangersfan I think those lines are good looking except switch Cally with Nash
@IMPRISON SATHER Though I agree with you I think Nash will be on the Step line with Zucc skating on a line with Brassard most likely.
@IMPRISON SATHER lol you are nuts if you think Nash will spend one minute outside the Top 6
@KreiderisTheChosenOne How do we break up the 1st line with the way they are playing now? Why mess with a good thing. I would prefer Call going on the 3rd and move Nash to the 2nd line? 3 pretty solid lines there.
those lines look pretty good
@AG_Blue Im partial on even messing with either 1st or 2nd line, but if it has to be done i think Cally should move to the 3rd line. I do not want the KSZ line changed at all.
@AG_Blue Maybe that line goes cold by the time Nash is ready to come back.
@PharmerBern Your best offensive player will not be skating on the 3rd line upon his return. Someone (Zucc?) will be moved down.
@DominickAndreula @KreiderisTheChosenOne I like that solution Dominick but I'm still not sold on Richey being the right center for Nash. I love Zucc and think he deserves to be skating with that top line but he will be fine with anyone and in fact plays really well with Brass - the potential awesomeness of a Kreid-Step Nash line is exciting.
i hear you ... makes sense to me
could be. it's been fun having some consistency to the lines after what it was under Torts
@TheWrage @PharmerBern I'm hoping to see Hags Richie Nash. We can all say Step is the reason Nash was successful but look at the article I'm about to post and you'll see Nash's success may be attributed more to Hags opening up the ice with his speed more so than Step.
What I'm hoping for is a third line of Dorsett-Brassard-Cally, which I feel is a shockingly skillful line that can get physical when the time calls for it. Our fourth line could be a combination of literally anyone else.
makes sense except that Moore will stay on the 4th line, so make that Dorsett/Pouliot on the 3rd with Cally & Brass
@rangersfan I think Cally is swappable with Nash. So Nash on 2nd with Hags & Richie. Cally on 3rd with Brass & Moore/Pouliot.
Cally's played 3rd line before, and Cally's more of a 3rd line style when 5 on 5. Let him play with Brass on 3rd, and then give him PP & PK time, when he's more dangerous offensively.
Maybe not, but not sure it's a great idea to break-up the top 2 lines. What's the teams record since those lines have been together?
@IMPRISON SATHER Nash will have either Richards or Stepan as his center
@IMPRISON SATHER Dom Moore... Nash is not playing with him
@JMK8363 I am a big fan of Zucc and despite his size with his quickness and guile he opens up his own ice space. He's too small to be strong on the boards and can get pushed off the puck easily, but he never holds the puck or over stick handles so he rarely is trapped in those situations and when he is he is still pretty feisty and often holds his own. I LOVE Zucc on the DMC line. My point is that he is an adaptable player who did well with Brass last year and I would love to see what a Step-Kreids and Nash line could do
The desire to simply move Zucc is being pushed by his many misguided detractors and my point was simply that he is most effective when lined up with a physical presence who will open up the ice. I've also noticed that on the pp Zucc seems to be more effective on the halfwall vs being in the center of the zone.
Oh I think it would be extremely foolish based on current play and the roster, but Nash will obviously be slowly or otherwise moved back to a top 6 roll. I actually like the idea of have three balanced top lines and a 4th line that grinds. I would actually be curious to see how brass, Nash and Dorset/JT would do this allowing the existing top two lines to remain intact especially as Nash is eased back in.
@JMK8363 You guys wanting to break up the line of Kreids-Step-Zucc, when they're running so well sounds like something Torts would do.
I think Zucc needs a hard charging wing on the otherside to help create open ice for him to work his magic. The lines best nights have been the ones where Kreider is wreaking the most havoc! If not Kreider maybe Cally.... Also even if you keep the top two lines as is and simply play the top three lines equally especially until Nash gets his legs back.