Following practice yesterday, Alain Vigneault was blunt in saying that the only way the Rangers are going to gain some traction and move away from the .500 mark is to have their top players perform like they are supposed to.
Rick Nash (3 goals and 2 assists in the last two games) and Ryan McDonagh (points in four straight and five of six) are likely the only Rangers playing at a high level right now.
- Brad Richards: points in four straight games but only two goals since October 24
- Ryan Callahan: 1 goal in his last 9 games, 2 in his last 12
- Derek Stepan: 2 goals since his Hat Trick on 11/3, 9 assists in 15 games in that time
- Derick Brassard: points in three of four games but only 6 points in his last 16
- Carl Hagelin: 1 goal and 3 assists since Nov 7
- Marc Staal: on ice for 2 goals for and 4 against at 5 on 5, 12 for and 17 against at 5 on 5 on the ice. Only 2 goals and 1 assist on the season.
- Dan Girardi: 1 goal, 4 assists, on ice for 16 goals for and 21 against at 5 on 5
Adam Rotter: This isn’t entirely a new thing for the Rangers. The guys that are supposed to be their best players aren’t doing their best and producing the way they are expected to. The rest of the team, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider, are playing their roles nicely, but it’s the guys listed above, Carl Hagelin was considered a top-six guy, who need to be carrying the Rangers offense. Without consistent play and production from these guys, the Rangers will continue to be inconsistent and need to really battle to make it into the playoffs.