NHL Playoffs Race: Why the New York Rangers Are Peaking at the Right Time

February 20th, 2015 by Chris Corso Leave a reply »

New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash seemed to be all but absent during his showing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season. He scored three goals in 25 games, and the Rangers struggled offensively in the defeat to the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings.

Today, the 30-year-old veteran is the major reason why New York has won seven of the last 10 games. Nash has been nothing less than spectacular for the team in the Big Apple as of late. The Ontario native has scored eight times in New York's 10-game swing and ranks second in the NHL in goals (36).

This included a four-game winning streak that was capped by a comeback overtime 6-5 victory over the New York Islanders on Feb. 16. The game was a statement win that proved the Rangers can compete for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with the crosstown rivals.

His plus/minus statistic is good for sixth-overall in the NHL. When Nash is on the ice, New York has 23 more goals than their opponents this season. 

If Nash can continue to perform at this rate offensively, the Rangers will not have trouble conte ...

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