Derek Stepan has zero goals and five assists and is an awful minus-eight.
Derick Brassard has one goal and four assists.
Brian Boyle has zero goals and three assists.
Dominic Moore has zero goals and one assist.
In other words, the Rangers are not getting a lot of production from their centers. Head coach Alain Vigneault, before Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings, told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News that the team needed more from their centers:
We need our centermen to help us out here a little bit. They’re a big part of defensive hockey and offensive hockey, and we’ve got quite a few on that end right now that are underperforming... Tonight I’m hoping that Step and Brass, especially those two – they’re supposed to be our offensive players, our offensive skill. They need to start showing some of that.
The game against the Red Wings was a good start, as Brassard scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
But one goal does not a season make. The Rangers cannot just rely on Brad Richards for all their offense. It's easy to excuse Stepan because he missed training camp due to a holdout. Eventually, it would seem, he would get his legs under him.
There's no excuse for Brassard. He had a full camp and is coming off a fantastic postseason. Remember, Brassard had 12 points in 12 games and was the Rangers' best player.
If the team can get the production they expect from Stepan and Brassard, they will rebound and make a playoff push. A trio of Stepan, Brassard and Richards is enough offense to make do until Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan come back. But it's only enough if the two centers pick up their game.
The best way for them to break out of their slump is to keep putting them out on the ice. They need to play on the man-advantage and on the penalty kill. If one of them needs to be shifted to wing, then that's what has to happen. Alain Vigneault needs to do anything he can to get them going.