Not only has Rick Nash failed to produce goals in his first playoff run with the Rangers, his scoring chances seem to be decreasing significantly according to Adam Gretz at CBS Sports who gives this chart as proof...
Here was Nash after last night's 2-1 overtime loss in which he produced just two shots on goal (via Newsday)...
"I had some chances to make something happen,'' Nash said, "but it's not going in right now. I've just got to work out of this slump. They're closing the space; we've got to figure out how to get a better forecheck. We've played them five times now, we know what's going on, I don't know if it's frustration, but it's not a good thing when you can't help your team win.''
...obviously Nash isn't the only reason the Rangers aren't scoring. He's not the guy losing faceoffs or failing to get his shot through from the point, but he is the guy who the Rangers gave up great depth for in order to ensure last season's offensive futility in the playoffs never happens again. So any criticism lobbed his way is more than warranted.
...i've seen some Nash apologists mention a possible injury, but guess what, if he's healthy enough to be on the ice then he's healthy enough to score.
...i would never question his effort, but if he doesn't find the back of the net soon he's going to have a long offseason full of questions about what went wrong.
Just heard a similar conversation on NHLN about - Corey Perry. It happens. Don't like it, but it it does. No excuses. It's do or die. Let's get it done today, big guy.
"the Rangers gave up great depth for in order to ensure last season's offensive futility in the playoffs never happens again."
Well, they gave up the depth to get the scorer, then realized they were lacking depth so gave up the other scorer to get it back, so essentially they are the same team they were last year in the playoffs. So they really didn't make any strides to fix the offensive futility of last year's playoffs. Nash looks hurt and lost to me, much like Gabby did last year.
Since I was the first one here (that I know of) to point out that Nash looks injured I guess I'm a Nash apologist lol - but I make no excuses, and neither does he - injuries are just circumstances that effect performance. That's all. Players must play hurt at times. Just part of the game. Looking at some of these comments below my response is Bull Shit! Comparisons to Gabby are utterly baseless and ridiculous IMHO - and btw Gabbys production fell off later last season because of injury and he got 5 goals in 20 playoff games. If you bother to do the math that's half his regular season's production. Yes if Nash can suit up and skate he can score but it's harder to do so- I mean really! Yes 5 in 20 is better than 0 goals in 5 but come on! The suggestions that Nash is choking in the playoffs is so over the top I'm not even going there. Basically he's in a slump now, plus he's probably injured, and add to that the Caps (who have a good adaptable coach I might add) are doing a great job playing against him - so it's up to our coach to adapt as well because if one player is double teamed others are open, and as well other lines are playing against lesser defensive players. So when a player like Nashty is in a slump he overthinks, holds onto the stick too tight, makes bad decisions and downward spirals. Simple. Happens to them all. Unfortunate that it's happening in the playoffs and I'm sure the added pressure contributes but I refuse to buy into the choking, or "ARod" theory. It is the job of the coaching staff with good people skills to coach there players out of their slumps because the players themselves cannot always see the reasons that they are slumping - but oh yeah, we don't have that. Richey's been in a slump all goddam year! So point fingers all you want because that is what frustrated fans do, lord knows I do that enough myself but what it comes down to is the team as a whole is not doing the job (yet) and the coaching staff has fallen miserably short in several key elements. Kevin put it best in a comment about Piazza and lets hope that our monster comes out of his cage but let us not forget. the Caps have an even bigger caged monster! LGR
Nash is making bad decisions with the puck. Plain and simple. Nobody can question his effort but he is making turnover after turnover because he is trying to do too much.
He draws the entire caps team when he is on the puck going through the neutral zone. He needs to make the appropriate pass and find the open man instead of losing the puck and turning it over.
Nash is the real deal and will be for years to come. I can't explain what is going on in the playoffs, but at least I see effort. I didn't see that with Gabby in the slightest.
Unfortunately, I expect to see a Rangers tradition continue tomorrow - the handshakes. The good news is hopefully Sather is awake and cans these 2 knuckleheads (Torts/Sullivan ) Monday. And bring in a FULL coaching staff (2 assts, PP & D specialist) to get this woeful offense of the last 5 years going...
screw the haters! he had a great season and now he's being shadowed every time he's on the ice. we've shut down ovechkin. it's just their secondary guys have stepped up more than ours have.
Not sure if anyone remembers this. But back in 2000 when the Mets were making their march to the World Series, Mike Piazza was being criticized in a similar fashion to the way Nash is. Then in the National League Championship round against the Cadinals he had a huge hit and bench coach John Stearns was caught on camera saying "the monster is out of his cage." I keep waiting for that moment for Nash. Hopefully it'll be tomorrow in Game 6.
I love everyone bashing nash when he had over 40 points in a short season on a new club (pace for 80 points + for a full season). we need a healthy team to draw attention off nash. look at what we have done to ovechkin, theyve been doing the same to nash which is expected to an extent. We also dont know if he is healthy
ive been AWOL. not sure if someone else has said it here over the last few days. when i saw that nash's stride wasnt the same i assumed it was a groin. i also see a MUCH different look in his eyes. and not a good one. i hope and hope and hope he isnt AROD-ish. the facts so far say otherwise.
i will be tuning in for sure tomorrow at 4:30. tomorrow would be a great time for nash to wake the beast inside and rip through the caps.
hey wait a minute...how many chances does ovi have in comparison to Nash...though i agree with Chris, the system has issues
Its the playoffs, the other team isn't there because it can't shut down the opponents best scoring threat.The other top scorers have to score-Richards for example. Zuccarello too.If they have two guys on Nash, then Richie has to score or set someone up.That's how a big line works.
The other reason the Rangers aren't scoring is the coaching.Torts and company are running on fumes at this point.
But point taken whether Nash is injured or just holding his stick too tight, he has to score when he gets the chance.And I have no doubt he will.
If you look at his statistics over his career, he enters a slump towards the end of the season. The only recent exception to this was when the CBJ made the post season before being swept in four games by the Wings. This type of slump is nothing too extraordinary for Nash, but he will have to find a way to get out of it. His contract is still huge with a cap hit of 7.8 million until 2018. I do think this contract will go beyond his time as a superstar, as most players cannot maintain superstar status for over 10 years, so towards the end of the contract things may get dicey. I hope I can look back and say it was a good trade, but right now my emotions remain mixed. Without Nash this year we would have missed the playoffs, but with the core team from last year maybe we also grind it out and maintain the chemistry that got us to within two wins of the finals.
It has nothing to do with Nash and more to do with system. It's hard for any goal scorer to score when the basis if the system is to at along the boards and behind the net.
I knew he was not going to do much at the rangers. Just cause he scored loads of goals for his old club. Does not mean he would do the same for us. I was not expecting to much from nash.
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he's a waste! If he is gonna be on the team for a number of years then we need more scorers that can step up cuz he is never going to
he might not be the only reason, but truth be told? So many things going wrong in this damn series can be solved with coaching tweaks. So many of the caps goals were garbage, so many of them were rebounds coming from wide open point shots. If we covered the damn points better, we'd probably be up 3-2 (Mike Green's OT goal in game 2 wouldn't have happened). We need to do a better job clearing the front of the net, need to do a better job exiting the defensive zone, need to have our d-men be involved in the offense. And the obvious, the powerplay. these are the situations where you need big $ players to come to play, Lundqvist certainly has. Where the hell are Nash and Richards? I don't care if Nash is injured, if he is that bad, he should stop fucking playings. Hags is injured, and look at the effort he's putting in! And Richards..............where the hell are you? Where is half the team?
Duhh...Nashty is hurt ! He can barely skate out there, haven't you been watching the game or are you just reading the box scores? This is a supreme effort on his part, and of course he can't talk about it...
I really don't want to hear this injury BS, if Gaborik can score 5, including some very clutch ones (triple overtime anyone?) with a torn labrum Nash should be able to put the puck in the net if he is out on the ice!!
@Zelrio Do you honestly conside those scoring chances ? When he turns around trying to push someone outta the way while going backwards ?
Sure, if he came from behind the net I could (and have seen) that move work, but when entering the zone with speed from the hash marks I rather see a normal deke, a pass or just a covered low, hard shot.
That whole whole ice capades number isn't working so he has to stop. It just looks ridiculous.
@stRangers fan nice prediction
Why does everyone criticize the coaches so much? Did we all forget that the Rangers sucked for the better part of a decade despite having decent players? Seriously, these coaches brought respectability to this team again. I think they were a huge part of our success last year. Guess what? Torts has a cup and the rangers have 1 in 73 years. I say we give him a shot with a fully training camp and full season with this team before blaming him. I blame the players more for this season than I do Torts.
@stRangers fan That may be part of the problem, but the main problem this postseason is that the star players, richards and nash, did not play like star players. Having said that they both break out tomorrow and we force a game 7!! LGR!!
@KevinDeLury Then they lost to the Yankees :)
@KevinDeLury love that story.
@PenaltySh0t just one thing, if we put more focus on the points that does open more room for guys like Ovi and Backstrom and the forwards in our defensive zone. Obviously I dont know, but just one possibility torts is looking at, when he sees it from that perspective..
@suburbantarzan who cares.. if he is playing.. that is not an excuse!! Gabby played with one arm last year
@Josh6 everyone here knows I dislike Gaborik but he was able to play hurt, and did marginally well, about as well as an injured player could play. Nash doing NOTHING is unacceptable. he has NO excuse.
@JustinRP37Sorry to disagree but sadly when a team underachieves it is the coaches responsibility just like when a team overachieves (last year) it is a positive reflection on that coach. Like it or not this is how it is in professional sports. Don't want to break it down again why I don't like him (though I think they are damn good reasons lol), and I'm sure many people on this board are tired of hearing me say it but what is relevant to your comments is that for whatever reason he has failed to motivate this team this year. Yes, of course it's the players fault but it's the coaches responsibility. Now, it's not over yet but this has been the case up until now. I would like to see him fired if they lose as he frustrates the hell out of me but I'm sure he'll be given another season to prove himself because of the reasons you mentioned as well as his success last year.
@Josh6 love the optamism josh. youre right about star players as well. i also am not a fan of this coaching staff and would welcome a change. but who?
@Josh6 those guys need experience. this team needs an experienced coach. sadly, this is one of those deals where you have to choose with your mind, not your heart.