The NHL has announced that MIka Zibanejad has been named the 3rd star of the week.
Zibanejad said over the All-Star break that the biggest difference for him is how he has been able to limit the amount of “down time” he has had in his game. (Hockey Sverige)
David Quinn said last week of Zibanejad, “Mika has had a great year, I think it’s been understated and people have not acknowledged enough how well he has played. He’s played very well against the top players and done it while producing at a high level. He is a 3-zone player, great teammate, very coachable, him Zucc and Kreids have really found a rhythm.” (NYR)
From the NHL release, “Zibanejad tied for the League lead in scoring with 3-3—6 in three games, earning a point on each of the Rangers’ six tallies for the week. He was held off the scoresheet in a 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 29 before rebounding with 3-1—4, including his second career hat trick and the game-winning goal, in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 31. Zibanejad finished the week by recording his team-leading 13th multi-point outing of the season with two assists in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 2. The 25-year-old Huddinge, Sweden, native leads all Rangers skaters in assists and points with 20-30—50 in 51 games this season, one shy of his career-high point total set in 2015-16 (21-30—51 in 81 GP).”