Oct 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) attempts a shot against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Skate Report: 18 on Ice, No Surprise: No Rick Nash.

So, this news shouldn’t surprise you at all, but Rick Nash, yet again wasn’t on the ice as the team skated an optional morning skate prior to their first game at home against the Montreal Canadiens. 18 members of the Rangers team skated, a unit that included starting goaltender for tonight’s game, Henrik Lundqvist, and on his final day of long term injured reserve, Carl Hagelin, as he inches closer to his return to the Rangers lineup.

To no surprise on the offensive side, it seems that Brandon Mashinter will sit out his second straight game for the Rangers, as Norwegian media, makes it’s way back to New York in an attempt to cover Mats Zuccarello in an actual game. Remember the last time the Norwegian media was around the Rangers, Zuccarello was scratched. He’s still slated to skate on the line with Jesper Fast and Dominic Moore.

Justin Falk will once again be the defensive healthy scratch, so in short the lineup remains unchanged.

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