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Depth not a problem for Rangers

Despite slow start, Blueshirts should see a surge soon

Updated: January 31, 2013, 12:41 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider

Many picked the New York Rangers to be the last team standing at the end of the postseason, but so far they have struggled somewhat. Through six games, the Rangers are 3-3-0 and have a negative goal differential (their plus-39 mark helped them lead the Eastern Conference in points last season) despite acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That trade put the mega trio of Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik under the lights of Broadway, and so far the group has been a smash hit, combining for 20 points in six games. But with the rest of the supporting cast producing just 22 points total and captain Ryan Callahan now on the shelf with a shoulder injury, did the Blueshirts make a mistake trading depth for one uber-talented scoring line?

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