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Nash Wants to Get Inside, But…

For the second time this season, Rick Nash admitted he's not getting to the net often enough.

Back in early January, Nash went on a nine-goal in nine-game run after publicly acknowledging that he was spending too much time on the perimeter.

Rangers fans are now hoping for a repeat as he again reflected on his unwillingness to be aggressive on the offensive end after yesterday's 1-0 loss to San Jose (via New York Post)…

“When you get to this point of the season, it’s more about work ethic than talent,” Nash told The Post. “When I look at my shifts, the difference between when I’m scoring and not scoring is probably the time I spend on the inside.

“It’s not like I don’t want to, but I have to do a better job of getting to the inside.”

…actions speak louder than words Rick. Nothing is stopping you from driving to the net, so if you want to, why aren't you doing it?

…the most frustrating part of Nash is that on the rare occasion he does force the play, nothing but good things happen. So it baffles me why it doesn't do it more often.

…i know St. Louis is struggling just as mightily, but I'm going to give him a pass, for now, as the culture shock is likely effecting him tremendously.

Larry Brooks at the New York Post brakes down the ugly numbers for Nash this season…

"And so it is now one goal in his last nine games, and two in 10 since returning home from Sochi with the gold medal. And even as Nash leads the Rangers with 20 goals, that includes 11 in an 11-game stretch in January. This leaves nine goals in the other 41 games of the season."

…i hear fans talk all the time about Nash being a "streaky" player. But wouldn't he need to have multiple streaks for that to be true? I've only witnessed one.

…let's call a spade a spade folks, Nash isn't getting the job done. Period. He was brought here to be the missing piece of a Stanley Cup contender, and right now even the most delusional Rangers fan knows that's not realistic this year and likely the next couple.

…i'm not sure if it's the concussions, the pressure or his supporting cast, but a once dominant player in the NHL has been reduced to a mere mortal.

…despite all that, I know the guy can still play, because we've seen glimpses of it when he's motivated. His bullrush to the net in Winnipeg that drew a penalty proves he can still be a force. The Rangers gave up a lot to acquire him, it's now time for Nash to repay the organization by finally putting the team on his back and carrying them into the playoffs.

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