“Rick Nash has not convinced me that he has the gumption to push the Rangers offense over the finish line.“ -Grinding Ax Walter Hynes
PENN STATION, NY – As I celebrate Year Fifty as a Blueshirts fan, I anguish over the history of this franchise. The numbers suggest that this quinquagenarian may not see another Stanley Cup raised at the Worlds Most Famous Arena!
Who is to blame?
Rick Nash is culpable for recent underachieving playoff runs. Since arriving, his inflated salary has been shifted into the allowance for doubtful accounts column of the books! His lack of fire is alarming. He gets speared, cross-checked and tripped without retaliating. He is the Tony Romo of the NHL with respectable regular season statistics followed up with abysmal post season production. Nash has three points and plus/minus of 0 thus far in this chippy series with a dirty Canadians team. Jesper Fast has been the best offensive player at three points and a plus four on a fourth line that has done more than their share.
Where are the stars of this team?
Derek Stepan has a whopping one point, J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes have goose eggs in five games. This has to change if the Rangers are to make any attempt at advancing this season. What started out as the number one scoring team in the league, is now an anemic derivative of the Fall version. King Henrik Lundqvist has played well against Carey Price in a battle of goalies. Who will crack the code and open up these netminders? Will it be one of the aforementioned players or perhaps the NHL’s Most Dangerous Iranian, Mike Zibanejad? Is he the ONLY Iranian who ice skates? For Junoir Blaber’s sake, I hope my criticism of Nash propels him into finally stepping up when it counts!
Okay… Let’s drop the puck and wrestle us some pigskin.
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