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Michael Del Zotto has had a topsy-turvy postseason. He played just 13 minutes in Game 4 and 15 minutes in Game 5 of the Washington series, respectively, losing ice time to John Moore.
In Game 7 of that series, however, he scored a goal and was a plus-3. In Game 1 of the Boston series, he played 28 solid minutes.
However he was pretty awful in Game 2, being on the ice for four of the five goals and was constantly caught out of position.
Without Marc Staal, each defenseman has to accept a bigger workload and burden. Del Zotto is seeing time against the top lines and has not responded well. Quite simply, he needs to be better.
In addition, Del Zotto often mans the point on the power play. The Rangers could be up 2-0 int this series if they played the man advantage better. They are 0-for-8 so far, and the failure to capitalize has hurt the Rangers and given the Bruins momentum. Del Zotto has not done a good job of quarterbacking the power play; his shot has not been getting through and he doesn't move the puck with authority.
Del Zotto, in large part due to Marc Staal's injury, is now a crucial part of this defensive core. He can no longer be hidden on the third pair. He's playing first pair minutes, often with Dan Girardi, and the two have been disastrous. If one of them can find their game, the Rangers will be better off. And if Del Zotto can contribute in any way to the offense, particularly the power play, then the Rangers have a chance.