Just when it seemed the Rangers had their star winger back, he’s back on the shelf with another injury to the other side of his groin.
New York Rangers right winger Rick Nash, now 32 and in his 14th NHL season, had never sustained a groin injury as of two weeks ago. Now he has two on his resume.
The first, sustained Dec. 6 against the New York Islanders, cost him four games. He returned for just three more games before suffering a brand new strain on the other side of his groin Sunday night during overtime of the Rangers’ shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.
As Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports, Nash will be shelved “an unknown amount of time.” Working in his favor is the fact the Blueshirts play just two games in the next eight days, with the holiday break arriving. The Rangers have to hope No. 61 recovers by then, however. They remain without pivot Mika Zibanejad, out with a broken fibula, and rookie left winger Pavel Buchnevich, battling a back injury.
On the bright side, the Rangers remain a force in the Metropolitan Division of late, winners of three straight and seven of 10, and they have a nice cushion in the playoff hunt. The bad news: the Rangers are 27th in the league in 5-on-5 Corsi, per corsica.hockey, and lead the NHL in shooting percentage. They seem due for regression in luck, and that might happen sooner rather than later if they continue to lose high-impact players to injury.
Nash wasn’t setting the world on fire but was enjoying a solid bounce-back campaign, with 13 goals in 30 games after taking 60 games to score just 15 last season.