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The New York Rangers are getting offensive help across the roster. Veterans, young players and defensemen have recorded points this season, with 11 different players scoring at least one goal.
After 14 games, Rick Nash continues to be tied for the league-high number of goals with 11. Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks also has 11 but has been put on injured reserve with an illness. Nash also leads the Rangers and is tied for 26th in the league with 14 points.
Martin St. Louis has not been as hot with goals — scoring only four so far — but he does have 11 points.
The team is also getting help from center Derick Brassard, who is in his eighth season and third with the Rangers. He is second on the team with 12 points, five of which are goals.
Stand-out rookie Anthony Duclair has a goal and five assists through his first six games.
Derek Stepan recorded an assist in his season debut after recovering from a broken leg.
Lee Stempniak, who has spent most of his NHL career traveling from team to team, is tied for fourth on the team with six points. Speedster Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello, who is one of the shortest players in the league, also have six points.
While the team’s offense has been picking up, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has posted a .905 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average, but of which are subpar for the former Vezina winner. However, he has posted two shutouts in 11 starts.
His backup, Cam Talbot, has not allowed for much relief among fans when he’s been between the pipes. His numbers are a .880 save percentage and 3.48 goals against average.
The Rangers are off to a slow start — much like the one they had last season — but a continued increase in offense could get this team back to their winning ways. At 6-6-2 with 14 points, the Rangers are fifth in the Metropolitan Division and outside of the playoff picture. Fourteen games into last season — which ended with a loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals — the team was 6-8.