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Brad Richards starts Game 6 on fourth line

May 12, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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The Rangers head into this afternoon’s must-win Game 6 against Washington with one of their high-priced, big talent players starting on the fourth line.

According to the line rushes in warmups before the game, center Brad Richards is slated on the fourth line with Chris Kreider (filling in for the injured Ryane Clowe) and Arron Asham. In the first five games of the series Richards has one goal and no assists and he along with Rick Nash have been major disappointments.

Curiously enough, however, Richards’ history in elimination games is strong. In 13 career games where his team could be knocked out he has seven goals. A goal or two today would go a long way towards extending the Rangers season. That said, another no-show game might fire up rumors about a possible amnesty buyout this summer once again.

  1. tfaltin - May 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Wish it wasn’t this way, but this is indicative of 19’s level of play.

  2. bcisleman - May 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Fun Fact: Brad Richards: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -2
    Wade Redden: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2

  3. biffnasty - May 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    @bjisleswoman: fun fact, the lil islanders are now playing golf

    • 19to77 - May 12, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Don’t worry, the Rangers will soon follow.

  4. crazemastercraze - May 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Livin up the NYC lifestyle a little too much

  5. stakex - May 12, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    No suprise here. Hes been invisible, and the Rangers have guys who are playing a lot better. Perhaps him and Kreider can get something going.

    Look, I like Richards… but if hes not bought out after the season I will be pretty suprised. He has seven years left on his contract with a $6.6 million cap hit. Given how hes played the last couple years, it would be a massive risk for the Rangers to pass up the chance to buy him out without penelty. While theres a chance Richards might snap out of his funk, I think the cap space could be much better used elsewhere.

  6. johnstone17 - May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Did Brad Richards play today?

  7. drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    i thought sather learned his lesson with redden, gomez and a host of others i can’t remember but nash and richards should both be 4th liners.

    • barkar942 - May 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      I agree with Joe Micheletti, color man for the Rangers. He thinks he is playing hurt. He hasn’t looked the same as he did since the playoffs have started. Also, I give Washington credit for their coverage on him. He has had virtually no room to maneuver.

  8. manchestermiracle - May 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I was disappointed when Richards chose the Rangers over the Kings in 2011. After last year’s SC victory without him, and now his disappearance in this year’s playoffs, that disappointment is long gone.

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