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New York Rangers Declare Rick Nash OUT Tonight Vs Montreal Canadiens

February 19th, 2013 at 6:09 PM
By PJ Foti

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Rick Nash was scratched from the New York Rangers lineup for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

There is no word on why Nash is being held out of the lineup, which will lead to some speculation — and it already has.

ESPN's Katie Strang reports a lingering injury received from Boston's Milan Lucic could be the source.

Meanwhile, Osgood from Barstool Sports jokes that Nash is out because of a concussion.

It won't be known what it is as Rangers head coach John Tortorella just won't reveal any information, but we do that that Chris Kreider will be inserted into the lineup.

The question now is what will the line combinations look like? Will Kreider just step into Nash's place on the team's second line with Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin? Or maybe J.T. Miller will move into that slot, with Kreider joining Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt.

Only Tortorella has those answers, but he won't expose that to the media.

Prior to the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals, Nash was a question mark but was able to go and had a huge impact on the game. This time, he didn't take part in the team's optional skate earlier today — which is odd because it means he didn't even test out what was bothering him.

All we know is that tonight Nash won't be on the ice for the Blueshirts, who take on Montreal at 7:00 p.m.

Tags: Brian Boyle, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Hockey, J.T. Miller, John Tortorella, Milan Lucic, Montreal Canadiens, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt

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