Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that the Rangers need their top players to bring their "A" games.
Vigneault mentioned Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello and his goaltenders to start and then mentioned Marc Staal and Rick Nash as guys who need to be "on top of their game."
He added that he needs these players to "compete," make the right plays in certain situations and crash the net for rebounds.
Vigneault said, "we need our top players to be on their game and if they do we will be in good shape."
He said last week that Nash and Zuccarello are the "heart and soul" of the Rangers, and that while Zuccarello sets an example with how he competes and wins puck battles "I know he has more to give."
Vigneault said said that Nash will start finding the back of the net more just based upon how hard he plays.
Zuccarello said recently that he has been frustrated with his game and that he needed to do a better job of setting up plays for Nash to score. (Nettavisen)
Adam Rotter: Zuccarello has points in 4 of 10 games so far this season and Rick Nash only has his one goal. Zuccarello has had slow starts before and then usually gets going and becomes the Mats Zuccarello that has led the Rangers in scoring 3 of the past 4 years. Zuccarello is an incredibly important player and will certainly help pace the Rangers when he gets going. As for Nash, at some point you expect a barrage of goals to start going in, but that hasn't happened so far. Ryan McDonagh has tried to do too much at times and his overall game has suffered because of it. Henrik has been great at times and struggled at others, sometimes from one shift to the next. Fewer turnovers and a more consistent structure will help Henrik, but he is ultimately the one that has to stop the puck.