http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey...zuke-1.4827246Road Woes: NYR drop 3rd, need juice. Kreider and Zuke?
Originally published: March 16, 2013 7:19 PM
Updated: March 16, 2013 7:19 PM
By Steve Zipay
Letís face it, the Rangers need some juice.Fast.
Have they bottomed out with three straight losses in regulation for the first time this season? Sure, there was that late February four-gamer, but one was in a shootout, so Iíd say so.
Last year, the Blueshirts got some positive energy and production from Chris Kreider, and in my opinion, itís time to summon him again. Heís the best offensive player down in Hartford, and it wonít cost them anything. They have spare Ds in Matt Gilroy and Stu Bickel; they can send one down if necessary. Torts seems to like Micheal Haley, but his future is probably contingent on when Arron Asham (back) returns.
And maybe the Rangers pull the trigger on Mats Zuccarello again if the trade market is less than appealing. They need points against the Hurricanes, New Jersey, on Monday and Tuesday after a day off tomorrow. Kreider and Zuccarello and Miller might actually be a productive third line. At this stage, Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle and Darroll Powe donít have to play every game. They need some people to put pucks in the net.