Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers Need More from St. Louis

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rangers Need More from St. Louis

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The future is now for Marty St. Louis.

The one-day Hall of Fame right wing has a chance to be a pivotal player as the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers - the 13-4 favorites to win the Stanley Cup, per Bovada - open their second- round series against the Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden. He'll assume Mats Zuccarello's spot on Derick Brassard's top line with Rick Nash, with Zuccarello out indefinitely with a suspected concussion.

But St. Louis, who turns 40 in just over two months, also could be playing his last games for the salary cap-strapped Rangers - his handpicked team -- as he concludes a four-year, $22.5 million deal.

"I don't worry about it," said St. Louis, who had just one assist as the Rangers eliminated the Penguins in five games in the first round and has gone eight games overall without a goal. "Honestly, I'm worried about Game 1. I'm worried about playing a good Game 1."

The Rangers are expecting a physical series against the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals and Zuccarello's injury has forced Alain Vigneault to alter his line combinations, which had been constant and effective since St. Louis returned from an eight-game absence because of a sprained right MCL with six games remaining in the regular season.

St. Louis, who had 21 goals and 31 assists in 74 games for his lowest point total since he had 16 goals and 19 assists in 53 games for the Lightning in 2001-02, was playing on rookie center Kevin Hayes' line with speedy left wing Carl Hagelin.

"I thought his overall game was good," coach Alain Vigneault of St. Louis' first-round performance. "They were all tight games. I thought he helped Hayes and Hagelin by his experience. If you want to take care of Washington, obviously all of our guys have to be better.

"Marty is one of those guys, considering the fact that Zucc is not going to be available," Vigneault added. …

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