With former New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan doing so well with his new team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, with four goals and four assists through 11 games, Martin St. Louis will start to feel more and more pressure with each passing game, especially after a loss. St. Louis, who had 29 goals and 32 assists as a Lightning this season, has a total zero goals and three assists in 13 games since coming to the Rangers at the trade deadline in exchange for Callahan. Yes, you read that correctly.
While right now St. Louis is said to be putting a lot of pressure on himself, if he does not starting scoring goals soon, you will see that pressure being added upon from fans and the media in addition to himself.
The whole experiment of him being on the same line with former Lightning teammate Brad Richards was a complete failure. I know the Rangers wanted to try to recapture the magic that was the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Lightning with St. Louis and Richards both on the same line on that team, but you have to face facts. That was 10 years ago, not yesterday. Richards has aged horrifically in the last couple of seasons, and can no longer keep up with St. Louis’ speed.
Then, St. Louis was moved onto a line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello for a little while, and that did not really work out. So now, he has played his last couple of games on the top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, and so far that is not working out either.
I don’t know what it is with St. Louis, but whether it is the line combinations or what some have suggested as not being “settled” into New York quite yet, he needs to wake up, perform and score goals as soon as humanly possible, because after that horrible loss to the Calgary Flames last night, the Rangers are running out of time and need points to secure a playoff spot, or they will be on the outside looking in when the 2014 NHL playoffs begin.