According to the Rangers, Rick Nash will not be playing tonight in Anaheim or Saturday in St. Louis and has been sent back to New York.
Steve Zipay at Newsday says he has not been sent home for further evaluations. Just not healthy enough to play.
...this is obviously not a surprise. One positive is that at least he's able to get on a plane. I'm sure every Mets fan remembers the flying issues after Ryan Church's concussion.
With Nash out, here were the new lines during the AM skate...
...wholesale line changes?!?!?!?! I thought the Rangers fired Torts?
...in all seriousness, I actually like the diversity on the lines. Great mix of speed (Fast!), size and creativity throughout.
...not sure about Richards back at center after his hot start on the wing. With Nash going down, I guess AV figures he needs to put his veteran center in a better position to make things happen.
AV also made some changes on defense as well...
J. Moore-Del Zotto
...as excited as I am about the reunion of Staal-Girardi is how frightened I am about Moore-MDZ.
...btw, what the hell happened to Moore? We were all ready to anoint him the next Brian Leetch this preseason, now I wouldn't be shocked if he's a healthy scratch on Saturday if he struggles again tonight.
Here's some post practice quotes...
"With Rick Nash out of the equation we felt we needed better balance on our lines..I think the changes give the top 3 lines good balance"-AV— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2013
"We've addressed it (Tuesday)....we need to show more pride in the emblem on our jersey..it's up to us to respond"- @BRichards_1991— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2013
"I was excited to get back on the ice today..I think we are anxious to play after what happened the other night"-Marc Staal— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2013
...they're talking the talk, now it's time for this team to walk the walk.
they should bring up Kreider,lindberg,miller and mashinter and sit some the guys and make them watch,
Kevin have you been hitting the pipe? Moore a scratch before del zaster or Girardi... Remember Girardi is playing with Staal and Mac and has still been the second worst defenseman on the team. I say second because that's how bad dz is
I was just checking out goalie stats...Hank is 31st in gaa - 9 goals on 87 shots, 3.62 gaa. He better pull his head out of his ass tonight.
Did anyone see the Thornton comments... I laughed for 20 minutes
Sorry for the vulgarity
"I'd have my cock out if I scored 4 goals. I'd have my cock out stroking it."
Definitely like Fast getting paired with more of a playmaker, and I've always preferred when D pairs were 1 "offensive" guy with more of a stay at home. Hopefully gives Staal more confidence to continue jumping up in the play. Don't mind Boyle with Brassard and Zucc. As others noted, the Pouliot-Brassard-Zucc line was getting a little too cute. Boyle should bring some more north-south, get to the net style...hopefully...
@TheNYRBlog I agree with you on the lines. But I think Richards has played very well at wing.
How about we let the lines play before we judge them. Before we got absolutely crushed, I thought our lines and pairs were solid. After giving up 9 goals...well...not so much. A drastic change was going to happen, and you know what? Maybe it'll work. Crazier things have happened. Hell, Richie has three goals!
@TheNYRBlog pouliot on line 1!?!?!? Boyle on line 2!?!?!?! ughhhhhh
@TheNYRBlog zuccs IS not nhl'ER AND pouliot IS afraid of going to wall. Pyatt?? LMAO!!!
@Trade DelZotto+Girardi4E.Kane I'd rather see Moore - Girardi
@pkh33 Good thing he is playing for a contract!
@JoshKaye First of many times I'll do that this season. Thanks for the heads-up.