Rick Nash has 11 goals in his last 11 games and Alain Vigneault has said that Nash has started to play more on the “inside” as opposed staying out on the perimeter.
Nash said that he needed to get the feel for his game back after his injury and that he worked with the coaches a lot to make that happens. He said that the main issue wasn’t being hesitant to take another hit, but instead not having all parts of his game, legs, hands, skating, and timing in sync at the right time. (Ranger Rants)
Nash said on ESPN Radio recently, “the only change is that I am playing on the inside more and I noticed when I first came back I was on the outside more and now I can make things happen.”
From the Rangers game notes, “Rick Nash enters the contest with a five-game goal streak (seven goals), and has 11 goals in the last 11 contests. This is the first time in Nash’s career he has tallied 11 goals in an 11-game span, and he is one game shy of the longest goal streak in his career. He notched the opening goal in two straight games on his current streak – Jan. 19 (1:10 of the 1st) and Jan. 21 (1:02 of the 1st). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers player to score a goal within the game’s opening 70 seconds in consecutive games was Jan Hlavac in 1999-00. Nash was also credited with the game-winning goal in four straight games in which he scored a goal from Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Tom Poti in 2003-04.