Rick Nash had to sit out seven weeks because of a bone bruise in his leg, but since his return to the New York Rangers lineup, Nash has been unable to find his scoring touch, which is affecting New York’s NHL online sportsbook odds of winning the Stanley Cup.
Nash was instrumental in New York’s appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings two seasons ago, and the team is hoping he can find his touch in time to help them make another push for the Stanley cup.
In an interview, Nash acknowledged that he was having trouble finding the back of the net. According to Nash, the scoring touch is actually the hardest thing to get back. Nash said his legs are feeling fine as is his cardio. But when it comes to scoring, the only way to get the touch back is by playing more games.
Nash acknowledged that he had a few opportunities to score since his return but his instincts didn’t take over like they usually do. He attributed the lack of goals to his hands not doing what his brain was thinking, which is something he believes will improve as he gets more comfortable on the ice.
In the four games since his return, Nash has 12 shots on goal and zero points. Nash attributed some of the missed opportunities to nerves. He said he was trying to force plays instead of making the simple plays.
Going by his body of work, it is only a matter of time before Nash finds his groove and starts scoring again. Nash is a six-time All-Star that has scored 40 goals in a season three times. Last season, he finished with 42 goals, which is the most he has scored in his career.
In the past, Nash has admitted to spending most of his time playing video games whenever he got hurt. this time around, he spent most of his time changing the diapers of his one-year-old son and has given up on the video games. The Rangers are hoping his change in priorities will make him a better player on the ice.
Former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, who currently works as a television analyst, doesn’t doubt that Nash will eventually regain his scoring form. Weekes believes that the more Nash shoots, the quicker he will find his scoring touch.
The Rangers boast one of the deepest teams in the NHL, but they know that once the playoffs start, they will need their best scorer to be at his best, which is why they are hoping Nash can find his scoring touch quickly.
While Nash was recovering from his injury, the Rangers added more depth to their team by acquiring Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes. Nash, who played with Staal on the Canadian youth team before winning gold as members of the Canadian senior team, is excited to have Staal on the team and believes he can help the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.
Weekes also believes the Rangers have a very good chance of winning the Stanley Cup if Nash can find his scoring touch and Staal plays up to his capabilities.
As the playoff approaches, the Rangers are hoping that Nash regains his touch much sooner than later.