New York Rangers' Rick Nash is proving people wrong and playing well 1
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich both return from injuries in time for Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs

The New York Rangers are receiving a welcomed gift this Friday.

Rookie Pavel Buchnevich and seasoned veteran Rick Nash both return to the ice tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs from respective injuries.

According to, Alain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday following Rangers practice and made the announcement that both Nash and Buchnevich would be returning in time for the Friday matchup with the Maple Leafs.

Rick Nash has missed the last eight games while dealing with a groin injury. His return to the lineup will not only be felt with an offensive boost, but his 19 hits and 21 blocks will help improve the overall performance by the Blueshirts on the ice.

Buchnevich played in just ten games for the New York Rangers before missing the last two months while recovering from a back injury. He certainly showed promise, scoring eight points in his first ten games in the NHL.

In the ultra-competitive Metropolitan division, getting healthier is always a good thing. Trailing the division-leading Columbus Blue Jackets by only three points, a healthy Rangers team means a race for the division title.

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