January 24, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) checks Philadelphia Flyers left wing Tom Sestito (32) and left wing Eric Wellwood (11) during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Playoffs: Players Who Need to Step-up

I know what you’re all thinking, four games into the New York Rangers playoff run and I’m already saying certain players need to step up. However it’s the truth, there are just some players that have not shown up to play and it’s part of the Reason the series is tied 2-2 going into game five. There are five players who really haven’t impressed me, two defense men and three forwards and hopefully they can pick it up before the Rangers find themselves with their backs against the wall.

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John Moore- I know that Moore is young, and that he’s an offensive defenseman who like Ryan McDonagh will eventually have a breakout season but he still has to be better. Moore is one of the fastest players on the Rangers and since speed is the Rangers most dangerous weapon he needs to be able to keep that going consistently. Moore also has one of the best slap shots on the team and he really has to put it to use especially against Steve Mason who might still have a little rust on him even though it did not seem that way on Friday.

Ryan McDonagh- I understand that the Flyers have focused their entire game plan on McDonagh, so he’s the center of attention for them in this series. That being said, he registered 43 points this season and none in the four games so far, but the part about that scares me more than anything is that he looks scared to go out onto the ice and play. He looks afraid of Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, and Scott Hartnell and doesn’t really want anything to do with them. He has to come out of his shell and play his game because the Rangers really could have used his offensive prowess in their 2-1 loss on Friday.

Mats ZuccarelloDerick BrassardBenoit Pouliot- I’m doing the three of these players together because they make up a unit and the unit has disappointed. Zuccarello had one shining moment when he scored the first goal in game one of the series, and the line had a moment in game two when Pouliot scored on the power play, aside from that they’ve been very quiet. Pouliot scored one power play goal which was really luck more than anything because it floated in weirdly, but has not been the power play expert that he was all season long for the Rangers currently struggling power play. Brassard had 12 points in 12 games of the 2013 playoffs but four games into this year’s playoffs he has one point. This line combined for 140 points in the regular season and simply cannot look so misguided every time they step on the ice, if they aren’t going to score they have to try to generate momentum.

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