Nash Getting His Game Back on Track At the Right Time
After being knocked out of the Eastern Conference Finals by the New Jersey Devils that season, there was no doubt that the Rangers needed more offense. In acquiring the Nash, the Rangers now had someone who could put the puck in the net at an impressive rate, was someone who was not afraid to shoot the puck and could create offense in many different ways.
Since being acquired, however, things have not gone as planned for Nash or the Blueshirts. While Nash led the team with 21 goals last season and also had 42 points, he was not the electrifying player that he was with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The same was carried into this season as not only did he get hurt early on in the year, but he also struggled to create offense and produce when back in the lineup. His play certainly had fans questioning whether he was worth getting and whether or not he would shine on Broadway like many people assumed he would.
While he may not be putting up big numbers this season because of the time he missed, he has turned his game around and has started to look like the player the Rangers thought they were getting when they traded away the likes of Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round pick.
For starters, Nash has started scoring goals again. With four goals in his last four games, Nash is now tied for second on the team in goals scored with 11.
Nash is scoring these goals with his accurate shot, going hard to the net and even from his behind. The goal he scored while on his behind turned out to be a game-winning goal late in the third period in his team's 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
One can tell that Nash is playing by better by the amount of shots he is putting on net. Despite playing in just 30 games (including tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers), Nash is third on the team with 115 shots on goal and should he continue to keep putting the puck on goal, more and more pucks should find the back of the net.
Lastly, Nash is playing with a lot of confidence. Nash is going hard to the net, showing off his great puck-handling ability, his knack for going to the front of the net for deflections and rebounds as well as his ability to go around opposing defenses with relative ease.
Is Nash the same player he was with Columbus? The answer to that is certainly not.
With that said, Nash is getting his game back in working order and for the Rangers, that is all that should matter as they look to make noise in both the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.