In 18 games since the Olympic break, Rick Nash has seven goals and four assists.
Certainly not bad. It's a little over a point every other game.
But the Rangers will need Nash to play the way he did against Columbus in mid-March, when he was a physical force. Even though he didn't score in that game, Nash was by far the best player on the ice, using his big body to wreak havoc.
We have seen that since, but I think there's another level for Nash. Since the Rangers acquired him in the summer of 2012, Nash has scored 46 goals. In 2003-04 with the Blue Jackets, his second season in the league, Nash scored 41 goals.
He's on pace for his lowest full-season point total since his rookie year.
So Nash needs to find that next level, where he is dominating the game and is the best player on the ice. On skill alone, he's usually the best player on the ice, but he doesn't always play like that.
The Rangers need Nash to be at his best. If he is, he can carry this team far. If not, it could be a quick postseason exit.