Rick Nash has always been a reliable regular season scorer. With the exception of his rookie season, the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign and the Olympics-abbreviated 2013-14 season, Nash has recorded at least 54 points every season and regularly averages about 30 goals per year.
But this season, Nash is experiencing an uncharacteristic slump; he has not scored a single goal through the first seven games of the year. Nash has a history of struggling to score goals in the playoffs, but he has never gone this long at the start of the season without finding the back of the net.
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The winger is frustrated.
“If I had a stretch like this earlier in my career, maybe I’d take comfort knowing that goals were going to come, but that’s not how I think now,” Nash said to the New York Post. “Now I have more of a narrow vision. I’m working to get to the inside, finish my checks and play strong defense. I’m simplifying my game.”
Nash's lack of production is not from a dearth of chances; he leads the team with 24 shots on goal through seven games. The 31-year-old, for whatever reason, is simply snakebitten.
The Rangers are not exactly hurting without Nash's typical offensive output as they still lead the Metropolitan Division with a 4-2-1 record, but high expectations in New York means fans are not happy with the team's performance thus far this season, and a turnaround by Nash could likely go a long way toward raising that satisfaction level.