Brad Richards knows what it’s going to take for the New York Rangers to break out of their current funk. They’ve gone 0-3-1 through the first four contests of their current nine-game homestand, and there seems to be a bit of panic surrounding the Blueshirts. The assistant captain sees a veteran presence in New York’s locker room, and believes it’s the guys that have been in this situation before that will lead the Rangers out of the slump.
He spoke to Andrew Gross of NorthJersey.com, and the 12-year veteran had this to say about how the Rangers can snap out of their losing streak:
I think everybody knows, but I think veteran guys probably know more how serious it is. You have to lead the younger guys. There’s tons of guys that haven’t been through the ups and downs of an 82-game season, year in and year out and this is probably the 150th time I’ve gone through these slumps in midseason, where everybody is panicking. The more you go through them, the more you can be a little more confident through them… It’s still no fun for anybody, but veteran guys do have to help out.
Richards is currently New York’s leading scorer, but the Rangers have relied heavily on youngsters for offensive production this season. Mats Zuccarello only trails Richards by four points, and he’s only 26. Derek Stepan has also done a lot of heavy lifting, as has Ryan McDonagh.