Rick Nash experiences a first 13 years into his NHL career
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.
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.
(h/t New York Post)