Henrik Lundqvist said, “the goals he can score, not a lot of guys can do that. It brings a lot of confidence to the group to have a guy like that on the team.” (Rangers Report)
From the Rangers game notes, “Rick Nash notched two goals, including a 5-on-3 power play goal, was credited with two takeaways, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:09 of ice time. He registered three goals and a plus-four rating in the Rangers’ back-to-back set, and has seven goals in the last eight contests. Nash now leads the team with 14 goals and is tied for third in the NHL with six game-winning goals this season, including four game-winners in the last six contests.”
Video of the game winning goal is below:
Following a two-goal performance on Monday night, Rick Nash was asked, on MSG, if he felt that his game was about to turn around.
Nash said “hopefully” and added on Tuesday that he hopes he can start a hot streak but more importantly help the team win.
Marc Staal said on Monday that Nash scoring makes everyone else on the ice more dangerous because he creates so much more room for everyone else.
Ryan Callahan said on MSG that Nash starting to score is “big” and that it he is an impact player for the Rangers.
Joe Micheletti though that Nash’s game against Columbus was “maybe his best game of the season” and that he was able to create space for himself on the ice.
On Monday night and repeated on Tuesday afternoon, Alain Vigneault said that the only difference in how Nash played against Columbus and he previous few games was that he finished.
Larry Brooks told Nash that he felt he hadn’t been aggressive enough and Nash agreed and said that sometimes you feel like you are being effective on the perimeter when you aren’t. Nash said that he knows what he needs to be on the inside and go to the net. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: It seemed like Nash’s game was starting to come as he started to get multiple chances but couldn’t finish. Maybe whatever was nagging him a few weeks ago, mental or physical, is behind him and he can start adding some goals for the Rangers. He’s back on Team Canada which should be a nice confidence boost but his game needs to get some consistency to it.
8:35AM: Hockey Canada will announce their roster for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday at 11AM.
Rick Nash said that he would be lying if he said that the Olympics were not something that he was thinking about and that it is something that has weighed on his mind. (Sportsnet)
Chris Johnston says that Nash would need some good fortune to make Team Canada but one thing that could work for him is his past history with Hockey Canada. (Sportsnet)
Johnson thinks that Nash will start scoring more once the decisions have been made and the team has been named.
Bob McKenzie thinks that Nash will be on Team Canada.
Nash was also named to TSN’s projection of who they think will be on Team Canada.
Nash has three goals and four assists in 17 games since December 1st.
He has 48 shots on goal in that time.
Over the last 10 games, 66% of Nash’s shot attempts have been on goal. On the season, 60% of Nash’s attempts have been on net.
Last season, 63% of Nash’s attempts were on goal. According to Extra Skater, Nash’s average shot distance is almost 3 feet further back from the net than it was last season.
Adam Rotter: If he makes Team Canada it will be because he has Olympic experience and also experience on the big ice, both from the 2006 Olympics but also his time with Davos during the lockouts and World Championships.
I think he has been better lately after some games where he struggled, but I think he needs to go to the net more. He missed a chance at the goal line on Saturday after he skated past the net a bit too much, but his goals come from in close. Chris Kreider has started to pull Nash’s move of getting the puck inside the blue line and making a power move toward the net, but Nash needs to find other ways to get on the scoresheet. Not that his PP numbers were high last year, but they are way down this year and that has also hurt his production.
Alain Vigneault says that one thing he knows for sure about Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash are that they are “committed, trying to do anything they can possibly do to get back on track.” (Daily News)
Nash and Lundqvist are “elite players” and the Rangers need both of them to be their best players every night. (NY Post)
Lundqvist is starting against Tampa Bay tonight.
Nash has two goals and three assists in 12 December games.
Dave Maloney said on MSG today, “Nash has been around long enough, it’s probably a convo reassuring him that he has been a good player and that the team needs him to be better. I think there is an urgency or a little bit more urgency to his game and he needs to head in a straight line with the puck. They need Nash to be better.”
Adam Rotter: They both need to be better. It’s as simple as that. Neither are totally lost in their game, but not at the level they should or need to be at. If both raise their level of play a little they will be in much better shape, Lundqvist will stop the shots he should and Nash will score on the shots that he is being stopped with now.
In the NY Post, Rick Nash said that he understands people’s opinions on him have been colored by his postseason play but that when the opportunity comes again he will learn from the past and produce more.
Nash said that he had stretches during the regular season where he felt he was at the top of his game but that he knows he has more in him.
In the playoffs last year, Nash had 1 goal and 4 assists in 12 games. Nash said at the end of last year that he felt he was good in the playoffs last year.
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This season, Nash has 6 goals, 8 assists and a post per game of .067. It’s the lowest PPG, so far, since his rookie season. His shooting percentage this season, 7.8%, is also down from his career average of 12.5%. Last season Nash had a shooting percentage of 11.9.
Adam Rotter: His PPG is down from the pretty consistent .75-.90 PPG but he seems to be getting a little unlikely with his shooting percentage dipping. That should start to rise at least 10% which will raise his PPG and hopefully help the Rangers win more games. Still, it’s playoffs that will ultimately define Nash as a Ranger since he was brought in to be one of the “final pieces” for a team that thought it was on the verge. Nash seemed hurt for the first part of the playoffs last year but got better, at least skated better, as the series against Boston went on. Nash tripled his previous playoff experience last year and should be better suited to make an impact this year.
7:25PM: Dave Maloney says on Rangers pre game that Nash is a straight forward player when he gets the puck. Maloney says that when Nash has the puck in stride and goes into the offensive zone and turns around, things stop for the team.
9:34AM: On the Rangers current homestand, Rick Nash has one goal and two assists.
Nash had three shots on goal against the Islanders in 19:05 and it was the first time in five games that he played under 20 minutes.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Nash was unable to be a difference maker against the Islanders.
He told Brooks that the lack of production is mounting on him and that he understands that he is expected to lead by example.
4:18PM: Nash says that he is a streaky player and is just looking for consistency in his offensive game and trying to help the team in other areas when he can’t get that going. (Daily News)
He says that anytime you are off the ice for an extended period of time, like he was, it takes time to get your game back but he feels that his is coming and that he has had good stretches. He says that most of all it is a consistency issue and that he knows there are games where he needs to be better. (Daily News)
12/20/13: 11:51AM: Alain Vigneault thinks that Nash is “real close” to getting his production going. (Katie Strang)
He will skate tonight with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.
12/19/13: 11:15AM: Rick Nash has played over 20 minutes in the last four games and has one goal and one assist during the stretch.
He has had 12 shots on goal in the four games, one game with ZERO and has been a minus two.
Nash only has 2 goals in 8 December games and only 3 points in December after putting up 6 points (4 goals and 2 assists) in 7 November games.
Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers lost last night that Nash is working hard to produce, trying to get to the tough areas and that it is only a matter of time before Nash starts producing.
Nash has also missed on both shootout attempts he has taken in the last four games.
The Rangers, according to Extra Skater, have had more than 50% of the even strength shot attempts when Nash is on the ice in 6 of the last 10 games.
On the season, via Extra Skater, Nash is starting 43.2% of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone.