In a piece on how well Rick Nash has adjusted to playing on Broadway, Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy predicts the Rangers' superstar winger could be in line for an impressive post season honor...
"That "bright lights, big city" storyline doesn't hang so well on Nash, and hasn't since his first games with the team. While you hate to pin the Rangers' success or failure this season on whether he can keep putting up these kinds of point totals every night. But the way things are going all of a sudden, he very well could be the league's MVP this year."
Nash is currently on a ten-game point streak in which he's scored seven goals and nine assists. He also has five two-point games in his last six outings.
...like it or not the Rangers have gone from the whole is greater than the sum of its parts to a very top heavy team in one off-season. If guys like Nash, Richards and Gaborik struggle this team has no chance to win.
...and that's why I agree with Lambert on Nash's Hart potential this season. They guy is literally carrying the team on his back right now. In the last 15 games, the Rangers are 9-1-1 with Nash and 0-3-1 without him. Nuff said.
...Lundqvist has always been to the guy the Rangers could rely on when things went south, but with the King not at the top of his game this year, Nash, in my opinion, has become the Rangers most indispensible player.
Also, has anyone else looked at the standings recently? I think it is going to be almost impossible to catch Boston, they have 9 points on us with a game in hand, and we don't play them again this year. How do you catch a team that has basically 11 points on you and only had 6 losses in the first half? Same can be said about Pittsburgh, but the difference is we get to play them 3 more times. However if we dont take 4 of the 6 points from them I don't think we will be able to catch them either. Anyone feel differently? I just dont think there are enough games to catch teams that have that big of a lead on us already
@slapshot13j I cared way more about standings last year, especially after being top three in East (and even) West for a good amount of time. As long as they make the playoffs, I don't care where they finish the regular season.
@_Jack I don't know, the home ice seemed vital for our team especially with all the game 7's. I also think we can beat any team in the east in a 7 game series, except for Pittsburgh. I don't know if its a matchup problem or they are just in our teams head but we have big problems with them. If someone else could knock them off I think we could go deep
I would love to see Nash get it, but with what Crosby is on pace for he will win it by a landslide... I mean he already has 45 points and its not like his team is missing the playoffs... I would be very impressed if Nash even reached 50 points, and Crosby will likely have that by the time he plays against uus this week.
I love Nash, but a long ways away right now from nomination. I am shocked we talk so much about Nash and so.little about Callahan. We went crazy for his goal last game and then we found out it was really callys, no.one cared
You figure this first half was a combination of new player adjustment and training camp, that includes injury replacements. For whatever reason, they all started out like zombies for the most part but it sure looks like they're coming around and defifinitely making the playoffs, even if it does take a week or two to see them come out of zombie state one by one
@TheNYRBlog Miller Lite 2 Night.
He's got my vote. Right now he's unstoppable. Yeah, if Sid the Infant stays on his game he'll get it and deservedly so but I'd still rather have Nashty
While Nash has been pretty much everything I hoped for, I don't think he has a chance at the Hart. Right now, there are many other, better choices.
"Nash is currently on a ten-game point streak in which he's scored seven goals and nine assists"
Seven goals and nine assists in the last 10 games, huh? Funny, that's how many combined goals and assists Anisimov and Dubinsky have THIS SEASON!
Consideration, sure. But if Crosby continues to put up 13 points per game and the Penguins stay on top, there's no way anyone else has a chance, despite the "spirit" of the award.
@gravey94 I was going to say this too. How could you give the MVP to someone who has half the points Crosby does? I would love to see a Ranger average1 1/2 points a game for a season but I don't think it will happen. With that being said, I am so happy with Nash that if I knew he was going to be this good I would have thrown Kreider in on the deal too if Howson was smart and demanded him.
@gravey94 Agreed. But he has put himself in the mid-season conversation.
@KevinDeLury Yep, he will certainly get consideration, both now and at the end of the year. If Sidney McWhiner tails off crumples into a permanent fetal position because someone called him a not so nice name, then Nash should certainly be one of the favorites.