Seeking an end to a three-game losing streak, Rangers head coach John Tortorella has reunited Rick Nash, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik on a forward line for tonight’s home game versus Carolina.
The trio — which, by the way, combines for a cap hit of just under $22 million — was skating together at this morning’s practice.
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Gaborik, Richards and Nash combined for six goals and 10 assists in seven games together (excluding points scored off the line in those games). That stretch lasted from the Blueshirts’ third game of the season against the Bruins until the ninth game of their season at the Devils. Their production was inconsistent, but more importantly Tortorella was concerned about the lack of balance through the lineup and eventually broke up the trio.
“I don’t think we played long enough where we figured each other out,” Nash said. “As I said before, you look at some of the good lines and they’ve played together for years or months, whatever it might be. But I did think early on we were having some success and each game we were getting better.”
The Rangers have scored just two goals in their last three games, one by Derek Stepan, the other by Ryan Callahan.
The losing streak has seen New York fall out of a playoff position to 10th in the Eastern Conference, three points back of the eighth-place Hurricanes.