Good evening Ranger fans! It’s Sunday night and that means we’re back for another feature of Belvin’s Bandwagon! The games that we’re going to focus on for this week are Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, and tonight against the Washington Capitals. Well, without further delay, lets get started!
Like: Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash. Richards started off the season playing extremely well and led the team in points, but after the month of October he really lost his game and was more than unproductive for the Rangers. Well finally, Richards has returned to form; with two goals in the last three games. I’m excited that Richards has been a key part of the Rangers’ turn around and I hope that he can keep his level of play up. Zuccarello is no stranger to my like side of these post’s, and has taken on the role of leader on this team. He is second in points, behind only Brad Richards, and has four points in his last five games; including the game winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. He’s been the team’s best player and he opens up the ice for his line mates; Zuccarello has also become the go to guy when the Rangers need a goal or an offensive spark. Being honest, I wasn’t originally going to put Nash on for this week but after seeing his play tonight my hand was forced. Rick Nash has transformed into the power forward that the team needs him to be. He has five goals in his last six games and has finally heated up which is excellent news for the Rangers.
Dislike: Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin. This is not because I think they are playing horribly, I just think their play has slowed down recently. There was a span of 8-10 games when Hagelin and Pouliot were two of the best players on the Rangers roster. Now, of course, that wasn’t going to last but I would like to see some more scoring or assists from the two of them. They are combined for zero goals in the last five games and I would feel better if they returned to scoring goals and being a threat every time they’re on the ice.