Hello New York Rangers fans! As we gear up for round two against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it’s always nice to take a quick look back at round one and see what brought us here. Belvin’s bandwagon is here and ready to do just that for you guys. I’m going to take an in depth look on who I liked and disliked for this series and why. So without waiting any longer let’s move right to it!
LIKE: Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Dan Carcillo. Richards and St. Louis led the way offensively with six points each. The two veterans talked before the series about how they were sharing their past postseason experiences with the team. Both players had two goals and four assists, and if they can keep that going into the upcoming series then the Rangers will do just fine. The thing about these two players is that they make everyone around them better, St. Louis helps Derek Stepan and Rick Nash better and Brad Richards makes Carl Hagelin and Carcillo better. Speaking of Carcillo, he also did very well this series and also happens to be a Stanley Cup Champion. Carcillo only played in games three, four, and seven of this series. However when he did play he had a huge impact. he scored a crucial fourth goal in game three and the first goal in game seven. Carcillo knows how to get under another team’s skin but he can also be good defensively and if he’s with the right players can also contribute on the offensive side, all of which were put on display this series. Although he may not be of St. Louis’ or Richards’ caliber Carcillo is a veteran and his experience showed in round one.
DISLIKE: Derick Brassard and Rick Nash. Last postseason, Brassard was the best player on the Rangers, he registered 12 points in the 12 games New York played last year. While Brassard doesn’t have to be the best player, he simply cannot be the worst which is what he is right now. In seven games he has two points and that just isn’t going to cut it. If he was making the power play better or getting countless chances I would give him slack but he’s not, he was afraid of the Flyers players all series and it has to change this round. Nash, oh Nash what are we going to do here. Nash had four points in the first round, all of them coming in the first few games, and and all of them assists. Nash has a problem scoring in the playoffs, last year the excuse was that he was injured, so what’s this years excuse? If the Rangers want to go deep into the playoffs, Nash has to be one of the best goal scorers in the NHL. He played well defensively in round one, on the penalty kill and at even strength, but now it’s time for him to score.
Alright Rangers fans that was the bandwagon for round one! Let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting us @bluelinestation.