There isn’t exactly a lot of room for error in the Metropolitan Division right now. And that’s putting it mildly.

The New York Rangers led the pack with 47 points entering play on Tuesday. Which is great — as in, best-record-in-the-entire-Eastern-Conference great. But there’s not a whole lot of celebrating going on because four teams are right behind them in their own division. In fact, of the eight NHL clubs with 40 or more points in the standings, five of them reside in the Metro. Which, of course, is absurd.

With that in mind, New York can’t afford any slip-ups. And now it looks like they’re going to be without Rick Nash. Again.

That’s a big deal for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Nash is tied for the team lead with 13 goals, despite missing four games. He already had to deal with a similar injury to the groin issue he’s dealing with now, yet he’s been arguably the club’s best player in the three games since his return. Not surprisingly, those three contests all turned into wins for Alain Vigneault’s club.

Now that Nash is going to be sidelined again, the Rangers are losing their top scoring threat. Nobody else on this roster has anywhere near the 406 career goals he has on his resume. Nor do they have three 40-goal seasons to their name either.

Those could be written off as nothing more than past accomplishments if he were struggling now — but he isn’t. Quite the opposite, in fact. In his last 11 contests, he’s posted six goals and three assists.