Blue Jackets Notebook: October 29
Nash slides to the center spot; Torres trying to get back into the lineup
Captain Rick Nash has been a left winger for awhile now, but he'll be playing a different position on Thursday night in Colorado - center.
"I haven't played center for a long time," Nash said Wednesday before the team boarded the plane to Denver. "We'll see how it goes tomorrow night."
In fact, it's been so long since the Blue Jackets' captain has played center, he said he thinks he was "10 or 11 years old." Still, he insists that every forward can play any one of the three positions up front and the switch is not a big deal.
The main difference between playing center and wing could be the number of faceoffs Nash has to take during the game. Nash said he has worked on them some, but knows when the game is close and there is a faceoff in his own that he probably won't be head coach Ken Hitchcock's first choice in the circle.
"Every hockey player knows how to take faceoffs, but we'll get some tips from Manny (Malhotra) and (Michael) Peca," Nash said. "Those are two of the best guys in the league to learn from, so we'll see how it goes (Thursday night)."
Torres Working his Way Back
Columbus fans have only seen maybe a period and half of preseason hockey from Raffi Torres, due to injury. However, they might be seeing him back on the ice soon.
Torres has been skating for a approximately a week now and is eager to get back on the ice.
"I'm feeling really good - better and better every day," Torres said Wednesday. "I won't really know how it will react until I get hit (in a real game)."
Torres said he hopes to be back in the lineup within the next week.
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