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Rangers aren't expecting Nash back for a while

New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks up at the scoreboard during a break in the action...

New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) looks up at the scoreboard during a break in the action against the Washington Capitals in the second period of Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals hockey playoff series in Washington, May 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault doesn’t expect concussed forward Rick Nash back any time soon.

“He’s still feeling symptoms,” Vigneault said in a release. “Until I hear otherwise I don’t expect him back.”

San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart was suspended three games last week for a blow to Nash’s head.

Nash, who has a history of concussions, played a few more shifts before exiting the game in New York’s 9-2 loss to the Sharks.

“I have a headache,” Nash said following the hit, according to MSG Network. “It got worse. It was a head shot. I’m concerned the way it feels.”

Nash returned to New York and hasn’t skated since the injury. His teammates remain in the midst of a nine-game road trip to start the season.

The Rangers are losers of three straight and have allowed 20 goals over that period, which prompted the team's top brass to put goaltender Martin Biron and forward Arron Asham on waivers Monday.

DEVILS’ DROUGHT CONTINUES

This isn’t what Devils goalie Cory Schneider had in mind when he was traded to New Jersey from the Vancouver Canucks at this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

The Devils haven’t won since his arrival and remained one of just two winless teams heading into Monday night's games.

“(We were) close, but close isn’t good enough right now,” Schneider told the New Jersey Star-Ledger following Sunday’s 3-0 loss against the Winnipeg Jets.

“We worked hard. They got the bounce to get the winning goal and we didn’t. We just have to find a way. You have to outplay the guy you’re up against, and that includes me.”

The Devils (0-3-3) are on a Canadian swing and have dropped three consecutive games against the Canucks, Calgary Flames and Jets heading into Ottawa to face the Senators on Thursdsay.

The Devils have been held goalless in two games this season while conceding three or more goals in all six games they’ve played.

“When other teams are putting distance and putting points up, we all know how hard it is late in the year to gain ground when you have three-point games and shootouts and all that stuff,” Schneider said. “You don’t want to get too far behind.”

While splitting time with Martin Brodeur, Schneider has posted a .908 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average through three games this season.

BRIEFLY: Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard missed Monday’s start against the Boston Bruins with a bruised hand and said afterward he is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets … Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill announced Monday the team placed goalie Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 11 when when he suffered a lower-body injury against Winnipeg … The Carolina Hurricanes have placed goaltender Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and recalled goaltender Justin Peters from the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers … Columbus Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert will have abdominal surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia and is expected to miss an extended period of time.

 


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