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Brad Richards is getting shots, but they're not going in. Worse, he's been awful defensively.
Richards has had six shots, including a glorious chance in Game 2 that he failed to convert. He was also a horrid minus-three on the night, including a turnover in his own end that led to a Kings goal.
He's the quarterback of a power play that has been just one-for-eight in this series. The lone goal was scored off the rush, not when they were set up. Richards has not been able to carry the puck in and set up in the offensive zone.
It is possible that the speed of this series might be a bit much for the 34-year-old pivot.
Whatever it is, Richards needs to be more assertive with a man advantage—the Rangers cannot let power-play chances go to waste. He needs to be more responsible in his own end and better with breakouts.
If not, Richards could find himself bought out by summer's end.