No Nash for Tuesday

February, 26, 2013
2/26/13
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Although injured forward Rick Nash skated with the team for the first time since missing three games with an undisclosed injury, the star winger is not expected to play when the Rangers host the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

But the 28-year-old Nash said Tuesday's step was an important one toward making a return.

"[I'm] getting better," he said. "A positive day for sure, when you get back out and skate with the guys."

It is believed that Nash suffered a concussion two weeks ago after being slammed into the boards by Boston's Milan Lucic, although he declined to get into "specifics" when asked if his ailment was linked to the hit.

Nash sidestepped -- albeit diplomatically -- a direct question on whether he did, in fact, have a concussion.

"I'm not a doctor, so it's tough for me to analyze that," he said. "But it wasn't something where I could look at myself and say I had that issue. That's up for the doctors to decide."

Nash, who began skating on his own last week, stayed out late after the team's morning skate to practice with Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan.

"After last week and today, it's definitely in the right direction and that's a big positive," he said.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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