After Martin St. Louis was able to put the icing on the cake in a 3-1 New York Rangers win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Apr. 1 by scoring a shorthanded goal, his first goal as a Ranger since joining the team at the trade deadline, everyone thought the flood gates would thus open for St. Louis, leading to a big goal scoring streak. Well, that did not happen.
Held pointless last game against the Colorado Avalanche, in a 3-2 shootout loss, St. Louis got three shots on goal in 65 minutes of play, and then was stopped in his shootout attempt, just like the other two Rangers’ shooters.
There is no coincidence that ever since the acquisition of St. Louis, that the Rangers’ power play has since struggled, ironically enough. St. Louis, who was great on the power play in his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, seems to be really out of place on the Rangers’ power play for some reason.
Not only on the power play, but his overall game since joining the Rangers just seems out of place, and I don’t know how to really explain it. He honestly is playing a little like Rangers’ 1st line center Derek Stepan was at the beginning of the season, after he missed all of training camp due to contract disputes.
Is Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault‘s offense system really that hard to figure out that you need either a full training camp or half a regular season to start producing? If that is the case, then if the Rangers make the playoffs, they should not expect much from St. Louis, which would prove to be a devastating blow to a Rangers team looking to go deep into the playoffs this season, if they indeed make the postseason that is. Anything can happen, and at this article’s time of publishing, the Rangers, though close, have still yet to clinch a playoff spot with only four games left to go in the regular season.
Bottom line, St. Louis will need to start racking up points consistently and do more than just register shots on goal to make me believe that he is not snake-bitten anymore, and is ready to be a major factor for the Rangers down the stretch, and hopefully in the playoffs.
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