WASHINGTON — Barclay Goodrow did not play in the Rangers' 4-0 loss to the Capitals Saturday night after missing the past few practices.
The 30-year-old forward, who was hit in the face by an errant puck during Tuesday's game against the Senators, skated on his own in New York.
As a result, Riley Nash replaced Goodrow in the Rangers lineup along with Tyler Pitlick and Jimmy Vesey on the fourth line.
Saturday night marked Nash's debut with the Rangers.
The 34-year-old, who signed a two-year, $1.55 million contract with the Blueshirts in July, started the season in Hartford.
Nash, a first-round pick (21st overall) by the Oilers in 2007, had nine goals and 10 assists in 20 AHL games this season.
Igor Shesterkin started against the Capitals, making his 16th start of the season.
The Rangers are scheduled to play back-to-back games in Washington on Saturday and at home against the Kings on Sunday, with Jonathan Quick set to play for his former team of 16 years.
“It's going to be a game,” Quick told the Post after Friday's practice. “They're a great team this year and they're playing really well. We just have to work to help the team win, get the two points and move on.”
As of Saturday night's game, Quick's 2.34 points average ranked fourth in the NHL, behind only the Kings' Cam Talbot, Golden Knights' Addin Hill and Bruins' Jeremy Swayman.
Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren and his brother Capitals goalie Charlie Lindgren faced off for the first time in an NHL game.
“It was amazing,” Ryan Lindgren said after the game. “Someone I grew up idolizing. It's a pretty special moment to be able to play against him in the NHL. It meant a lot. I know it meant a lot to my parents and family. I know. It's something we'll never forget.”
Laviolette was coaching against the Capitals for the first time after coaching on Washington's bench the past three seasons.
“I think it's always exciting to come back to a place you've been to,” he said before the game. “You see a lot of faces. Everyone's faces. It's always fun. Working in the locker room, in the hallway, you know people who have been there for two years, three years, four years, five years, six years, whatever it was. They're the people you spend time with and the people you just meet. They're the people who are part of your everyday life.”