Following what he characterized as his hardest practice since returning to the ice Saturday, Rick Nash said his hands felt good. Now the New York Rangers' All-Star just needs his legs to catch up.

Tuesday marked the fourth straight day Nash has been on the ice. He participated in an hour-long optional skate alongside Cam Talbot, Brandon Mashinter, Justin Falk and Dominic Moore, who is working his way back from an oblique injury. Nash said he has been symptom-free since resuming skating. Prior to that, concussion symptoms kept him from even attending Rangers home games.

"[I am] symptom-free from the injury. Just [need to] push myself more and more and see if any symptoms come back from it. But so far it's been good," Nash said. "I've been in touch with the doctors the whole time during this injury, and with the trainers. We'll keep them in the loop. It's just kind of day-by-day and see how I feel."

Nash was hurt when he was hit in the head by Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8. He'll miss the Rangers' game Tuesday against the visiting New Jersey Devils, the 15th straight he'll have sat out.

Nash was insistent he would not return before he and his doctors confirmed he was ready.

That group of doctors includes Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a concussion specialist and associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan. Nash confirmed he visited Kutcher in Michigan to be examined.

"He's a specialist at what he does," Nash said. "He sees them every single day so it was important for him to be on the same page [with team doctors]."