St. Louis’ Lack Of Production Has Bigger Meaning [AUDIO]
This time last year, Martin St. Louis was the spark that lit the Rangers all the way to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Swapping Captain Ryan Callahan out for St. Louis made sense at the time, but is more difficult to see now.
Staring at Callahan now on the other side of the ice in the Eastern Conference Finals, St. Louis has hit a rut with 0 goals through 14 post-season games this post-season.
"I won’t be a hypocrite," said ESPN's Linda Cohn, with Armen and Levack on 104.5 The Team. "I loved the trade when it happened because St. Louis wanted to win now and the Rangers wanted to win now.
"In last year’s postseason he contributed 15 points in that run to the Cup Final. Did he take a step back in this postseason so far? Obviously.
"What I don’t understand is, I really was surprised that after the gaff that gave the puck away that led to the shorthanded goal by Tyler Johnson, Martin St. Louis was still on the power-play.
"I do believe that the head coach, who has been golden with tinkering with his lineup throughout this postseason, needs to do something because I am not feeling good seeing Marty St. Louis on the power-play."
With the Rangers only succeeding on 8 of their 45 power plays this playoff season, perhaps we should be concentrating less on St. Louis' lack of production and more on the idea that other players should be given the chance to contribute as the 40-year has simply not had the same production in 2015.
The Rangers play the Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night at 8p ET.