It was a night to forget for the New York Rangers. In only the third game of the 2013-14 NHL season, the Blueshirts suffered an embarrassing 9-2 defeat in San Jose against the Sharks. In the 1st period of a game that would inevitably get out of hand, Rangers sniper and star forward Rick Nash experienced a concussion after taking an elbow to the head. Nash has not played since.
The Rangers have turned their season around quite nicely after a disastrous 9-game road stint that plagued them through most of October. Since returning home, New York have earned victory in 5 of 8 games, allowing them to climb back into the playoff picture in the Metropolitan Division, where they currently hold 3rd spot – good enough for playoff qualification when all is said and done. But they need Nash back soon, and luckily, they may get him.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather told reporters about Nash’s progress:
“He’s on the road to recovery, he’s skating. But he’s got a ways to go with his conditioning.”
Rick Nash is well aware of the precaution needed when dealing with a head injury. Concerning his progress he told NHL.com:
“Dealing with the brain you always want to be careful. I’m inching forward here. I’m getting better.”
Quote courtesy of NHL.com. Read full update here.
There is still no return date scheduled for the big winger, but the signs are positive. In this NHL.com update Nash expresses excitement about a possible return to the lineup in the near future.
Good news for the Rangers: Rick Nash skates for first time since suffering head injury. Still no timetable for return http://t.co/elPuvM6uh6
— CBS Sports NHL (@CBSSportsNHL) November 9, 2013