Rick Nash, who will miss his 16th game tonight after suffering a concussion on Brad Stuart’s hit in San Jose on Oct. 8, has revealed his timeline for returning to the Rangers’ lineup. The power forward said after the Rangers’ full morning skate here at the Bell Center in Montreal he hopes - barring setbacks - to play either Tuesday against the Bruins at Madison Square Garden or Thursday at Dallas.

Nash participated in the morning skate, marking his eighth straight day on the ice, his third time on the ice with the team and his second day of practice after being cleared for contact.

“Hopefully one of the games Tuesday or Thursday, for sure, as long as there’s no setbacks,” Nash said. “Everything’s been positive and I’ve been pushing it everyday.

“It was four weeks of not doing too much so it takes some time to get the legs back and I think, as of right now, it’s conditioning, getting back in shape and making sure the symptoms don’t pop back up,” said Nash, adding this part of the process has gone faster than he anticipated. “Yeah I think so. I think I’m feeling better than I thought I would. I seem to be keeping up with the guys who have been playing so it’s definitely a positive. I’ve only really had two practices, really, with the team, not counting a pre-game skate. So I think I need a few more practices, some down low work, three on three and a bit more game-like situations.”

Meanwhile, Nash said that Stuart, who was suspended three games for the hit, has not reached out to him since the injury. At the same time, Nash said he is not blaming Stuart.