The five-time All-Star was dealt to the Rangers before the season to add some spark to the offense, and so far it’s been a success.
Nash currently leads the team in goals, assists and points with nine, 14 and 23 respectively.
Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of Rick Nash’s season so far.
Just like the Rangers, Nash had a slow start to the season.
Nash’s difficulties in January can most likely be attributed to the lockout, as he didn’t get a chance to practice with his teammates for months.
Nash only scored one goal in all of his seven games during this month. It came in a 3-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. On the other hand, Nash led the team in assists with five, which brought his points total up to six.
It was not the start that Nash had in mind, but better things were in store in the coming months.
In February, Nash’s numbers started to improve and so did the Rangers’ record.
After finishing January with a 3-4-0 record, New York went 6-2-2 in February and climbed back into playoff contention.
Nash had three goals and five assists in eight games, but what truly highlighted his importance to the Rangers was how frail they were whenever he wasn’t on the ice.
However, as soon as he came back, New York would go on a four-game winning-streak that would take them into March.
Nash’s numbers in March have been nothing short of spectacular.
In five games, he has five goals, four assists and a plus-four rating.
The only time he has put up less than one point this month was in the loss against the Senators.
In all the other games he has at least two points.
Nash’s performance in March has been among the best in the league.
I give Nash a grade of A- for the way he’s played this season.
He gets some points off for his slow start in January, but if he keeps performing the way he’s doing right now he’s going to be a solid A.
Nevertheless, his impact on the Rangers can’t be understated.
As I already said, he leads the team in points, assists and goals. Additionally, he has a plus-13 rating. No other player is in double digits.
However, if you had to describe Nash’s importance to the Rangers with just one sentence, it would be that the team literally can’t win without him.
That’s all you need to know about Nash.