Pretty sure we heard the same thing last year about Callahan. Pretty sure you were wrong then, too. Nash isn't hurt. He's just not playing well. If he weren't Rick Nash, you wouldn't be making excuses for him.
Rick Nash has been wearing a wrap on his left wrist for over a month. More worrying though are his legs. It appears that his legs are gone. He’s wobbling when he’s skating and he’s comically fallen over on multiple occasions. When Nash delivers a check, it’s without the force one would expect from a 6’4” 213 pound behemoth of a player.
While Nash isn’t broadcasting his injuries to media, this is the time of year when players are expected to dig deep regardless of what kind of injury they’re suffering from. For Nash, his right knee could be the main issue plaguing him. He attempted to check Capitals’ defenseman Mike Green in Game 3 and missed, slamming his right knee into the boards.
Nash is doing an awful lot of stickhandling for someone who may have an injured wrist.
There definitely seems to be an issue with his legs, but it may be lack of conditioning rather than injury. It looked like his legs were cramping up in Game 5, and according to Keith Jones, the trainer had to massage both of his legs.
Because Zuc has been scoring a ton. You don't put as much force into passes as you do into shots.
Zuccarello has been playing at a high level since he joined the Rangers. He was slated for surgery after his KHL season, but got a contract offer with the Rangers instead and he's been one of the team's top forwards with broken wrists. Even in playoffs, he is creating a lot of room for his linemates and is on ice for 60% of team's goals. Zuccarello's never had a great shot anyways.
He can still be a factor, use that frame in front and score some dirty goals. Stop twirling like a ****ing ballerina, use your size advantage and bull rush to the outside and get a shot on goal on the rush. He needs to simplify his game