Nash to make long-awaited return on Tuesday

New York, NY ( - Rick Nash will return to the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday, as the Boston Bruins arrive in Manhattan.

New York head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the news following a morning practice session, saying that Nash was medically cleared on Sunday, and he declared himself ready to play on Monday night.

Nash has been sidelined for the last 17 games after suffering a concussion in an Oct. 8 contest in San Jose.

Prior to the setback, the dynamic 29-year-old winger totaled three assists in three contests.