As the Rangers’ situation becomes more dire and Rick Nash’s goal scoring drought lengthens, the attention it’s getting is intensifying.
Nash hasn’t found the back of the net in 11 playoff games this year and has scored just two goals in 27 career postseason games. Only one of those markers have come with the New York Rangers.
For a guy that typically gets at least 30 goals per season — he finished with 26 in 2013-14, but was limited to 65 contests — that’s a pretty glaring figure. To go any further into it would risk being repetitive after we discussed this topic yesterday, but his problems were taken to another level tonight when fans at Madison Square Garden decided to boo him when he had the puck:
“I understand it. It’s tough,” Nash said of being booed, per Newsday’s Steve Zipay.
The silver lining for Nash is the Rangers aren’t eliminated yet. He still has one more chance to change the narrative.
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”