The Blue Jackets’ depth took a hit going into Game 4 and it may be short again for Game 5 on Saturday.
Center Riley Nash was ruled out for Game 4 with an undisclosed injury, and he did not skate with the team during the day before Game 5, so he would appear to be out again.
No indication this morning that any lineup changes were coming. No Riley Nash or Markus Nutivaara in the ice, so assume they’re still sidelined. Official word shortly before puck drop. https://t.co/8B0IWPP982
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) May 4, 2019
He is currently listed as day-to-day.
The Blue Jackets may not have disclosed what his injury was or how he got it, but he took a massive hit from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara early in Game ,2 which forced him to leave the ice.
The next time you see him, ask Riley Nash about the time he was hit by a truck for us.
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) April 28, 2019
He then took another shot from defenseman Charlie McAvoy in Game 3, so it’s understandable why he may be a bit banged up.
Charlie McAvoy reintroduces himself to Riley Nash… pic.twitter.com/ELNtRflT0l
— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) May 1, 2019
The Bruins have been on a mission to level Nash after the center knocked David Krejci out of Game 1 on a big hit of his own.
Nash, however, does not believe the hits were retaliatory.
“I respect those guys and think they respect our club,” Nash said, via the Columbus Post-Dispatch. “By all means, I don’t think a guy in this league is going to put a bounty on a guy’s head. … Then this league gets into prison rules.
He continued: “That’s playoff hockey right there. There’s going to be hits like that.”
Nash has one goal and two assists in the 2019 playoffs.
The Bruins won Game 4 4-1 and the series now tied 2-2. Game 5 is set to start at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.