Rangers coach David Quinn confirmed what everyone in the building saw that defender Freddy Claesson "does not look good" after clumsily beating the boards at the hands of the Icelandic poker player during Saturday's 2-1 win at Barclays was driven Center.
At the start of the third period, Martin Martin's mating goal ended with Claesson forcing him to fall on his right shoulder. Claesson immediately got up and limped into the dressing room with his right arm and did not return.
It's hard to believe that Claesson could be prepared for the game on Sunday in Columbus, but Quinn said he would know more, if he knows it gets on the plane to go to Ohio.
Defenseman Neal Pionk missed the game because, as Quinn said, he is "a bit cranky, a lower body problem". It's not sure if he can play in Columbus "I hope so," said Quinn. "It's a little bit day by day. So we'll re-evaluate that [Sunday]. "
Pionk was replaced in the lineup by Tony DeAngelo, who had scratched seven of the last 1
Nash, a 34-year-old, played six seasons with the Rangers following a blockbuster trade in the summer of 2012, ending his career last season with the Bruins, against whom the Rangers negotiated shortly before the deadline of last year. He suffered numerous confrontations over his career and according to a statement released by his agents, "Under the recommendation of his medical team, the risk of another brain injury is far too great when Rick comes back."
Kevin Hayes Missing Quinn said he was likely to be out on Sunday for dealing with a nagging upper body injury.
Winger Chris Kreider was penalized following an offensive zone in the final 13:20 of the second half. It was a lesson Kreider had used quickly when Quinn put him down to finish in third place.
"I can not accept penalties for the attack zone," Quinn said. "That was a problem for us. He played a third third, that's for sure.
Quinn did not announce a goalkeeper on Sunday, although Henrik Lundqvist will probably start on Saturday after Alex Georgiev's support.