In describing Rick Nash at times this season, Joe Micheletti has said/called Nash on MSG:
- “The catalyst” for the team
- There are “very few game” where he doesn’t make “huge plays”
- He is the player that “everyone is following”
- “His performance game in and game out is a pleasure to watch”
Dave Maloney has said that when Nash drives to the net he is “unstoppable” and on top of that he has been a three-zone player for the Rangers all-season long.
In speaking about Nash’s game, Dan Girardi said that Nash leads with his play on the ice and he “just seems like a different guy this year.” Girardi added that Nash has been “dynamite” for the Rangers this season. (Sportsnet)
Henrik Lundqvist praised Lundqvist’s determination and how he takes to the net while Derek Stepan said that Nash seems like the same player as last year but the puck is finding it’s way in now. (Sportsnet)
Nash has 13 goals and 7 assists this season for the Rangers.
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Sam Rosen spoke with Rick Nash on MSG prior to the Rangers/Leafs game:
- “I have so many friends watching. You enjoy playing in your hometown.”
- On Saturday night in Toronto, “growing up, Saturday night it was like clock work, you are watching HNIC. To be part of it is special and something that you dream of and it’s fun.”
- On Derek Stepan coming back, “it’s huge. He plays in all positions, great defensively, great offensively, PP, PK, a leader, it’s huge to have him back.”
- On the defense, “I think guys have stepped up, guys like Hunwick and Conor are playing a lot more minutes, Kostka, they are stepping up, you need to look at the positives when guys go down or suspended.”
- “we are desperate for a road two points tonight.”
Rick Nash has 9 goals on 36 shots on goal through 11 games this season.
His shooting percentage for the year is 25%, while his career shooting percentage is 12.6%.
Nash ranks second in the NHL with 9 goals and ranks 51st in the league with 36 shots on goal.
He only has three games this season where he has had 2 or fewer shots on goal.
- All 9 of Nash’s goals have come at even strength
- 5 at home/4 on the road
- 3 in the first period, 1 in the second, 5 in the third
- 2 goals tied the game, 3 gave the Rangers the lead.
- 1 for 3 in shootouts
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Asked about Rick Nash, after the Rangers beat the Hurricanes, Joe Micheletti said that Nash has been the hardest working player on the team so far this season. He adds that Nash’s strong play goes beyond his goal scoring and that when he doesn’t have the puck he is working harder than anyone else to get the puck back. (MSG)
Joe adds that Nash hasn’t taken a shift off and has to be an inspiration to his teammates with how he is working. (MSG)
Nash is seeing 1:16 per game on the PK and has 12 takeaways this season which ranks tied for seconds amongst forwards with takeaways.
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Alain Vigneault put Rick Nash with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello to start the third period last night and the trio combined for 3 goals on 8 shots.
In the third period:
- Nash had 1 goal and 1 assist and 2 shots on goal
- Brassard had 1 goal and 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
- Zuccarello had 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
After the game, Alain Vigneault said that this line “took the game over and it was one of the best periods I have seen three guys play in a long time.”
He added that the “Brass line really took over that period and gave us momentum” and that Brass’s line “just went to work” when the third period started.
10/24/14 | 12:53PM: Nash aid that he tried to get faster and stronger this summer so he could keep up with the younger players. He said that he did a lot of running and stuff to increase his foot speed. He said that he did more track work than bike work. (ESPN.com)
10/23/14 | 6:38PM: Through seven games, Rick Nash is tied with Corey Perry for the league lead with 8 goals.
After scoring his seventh goal of the season on Sunday, Rick Nash told Stan Fischler on MSG that things are “going right now” for him and while it’s fun, “I think true character comes out when you struggle.”
Asked what has changed in Nash this season, Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 on Monday and said, “he is healthy, he is not dealing with concussion related syndrome. Last year there were times on the ice, I swear, where he didn’t have any equilibrium, he would skate over the blue line and fall. I am convinced, and I don’t have any medial proof, that he was not 100% right last year even though he says that he was. You see him this year and he is strong on the puck, driving through people, driving around people, driving to the net, fearless in his approach to the game. The biggest thing with Rick is keeping it between the rails with his health. He was fantastic again yesterday.”
For more on Nash’s start to the season, click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Nash told Pierre LeBrun that he wasn’t that impacted by tall the talk around his struggles last year in the playoffs but he knows that it affected his friends and family. (ESPN.com)