New York Rangers: Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich on the mend
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich are back at practice and currently on the road to recovery.

As the calendar year turned from 2016 to 2017, the New York Rangers received a bit of good news in the injury department.

Both Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich appear to be making nice progress.

First, young Buchnevich, who hasn’t played since Nov. 12 in Calgary, is back at practice wearing a non-contact jersey.

It’s the first time since the young forward has hit the ice in well over a month since going down with a bum back.

Nash, the Rangers most talented goal-scorer, is also back at practice and appears ready to return as early as Tuesday when New York hosts the Buffalo Sabres. It’s also possible that they hold him out until the middle of January, once the team returns from the break, but Nash wants to get going immediately, via Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

“If I’m going full speed at practice it seems kind of silly to sit out and miss games as a precaution,” Nash, who has been sidelined for the last five games and nine of the last 12 with pulls on either side, told The Post. “It’s one thing to rest if you’re missing practices or can’t go at 100 percent; but at full speed?

“When I get to the point where I’m at full stride, I’ll see what the coaches and training staff thinks. We’ll try to come up with a smart decision and go from there.”

Whatever happens, Henrik Lundqvist is looking forward to returning home to Madison Square Garden where New York will be looking for its fourth straight victory.

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