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Mika Zibanejad is heading back to Sweden (Update: Others Leaving NY)

3/18/20 | Lundqvist told Brooks that he and his family were still deciding what to do. (NY Post)
3/17/20 | Larry Brooks notes that in addition to Zibanejad, Kaapo Kakko has returned to Finland, Henrik Lundqvist is making plans to return to Sweden and Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, Julien Gauthier and Brett Howden have all gone to their offseason homes. (Brooks)

3/16/20 | 5:30PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Mika Zibanejad is planning to return home to Sweden tonight. (Brooks)

Earlier today the NHL announced that:

  • “Effective immediately, Players can opt to return home (outside of the Club’s home city, including outside of North America, to the extent flights are available).
  • The self-quarantine period should continue within the Player’s home through and including Friday, March 27, unless a longer period may be required in accordance with local mandates related to travel. Players should continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results to Club medical staff.
  • At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending on world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of Club facilities to Players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care of the Players on the same basis as in the off-season.
  • Our objective will be that, in addition to continuing regular updates, we will be able to provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period covered by the CDC’s directive.”


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Mika Zibanejad named NHL’s First Star of the Week

The NHL has announced that Mika Zibanejad has been named the First Star of the Week.

From the release:

  • Zibanejad topped the NHL with seven goals in three games to help the Rangers (36-28-4, 76 points) move within three points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • He potted New York’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues March 3.
  • Zibanejad then scored five times, including the overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory against the Washington Capitals March 5. He became the third player in Rangers history to record a five-goal game, joining Don Murdoch (Oct. 12, 1976 at MNS) and Mark Pavelich (Feb. 23, 1983 vs. HFD).
  • Zibanejad also became the second player in League history to register a five-goal performance that included an overtime winner. The other: Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Dec. 26, 1996 vs. WSH). Zibanejad added one more goal in a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils March 7.
  • The 26-year-old Huddinge, Sweden, native ranks fifth in the NHL with a career-high 39 goals in 55 games this season (39-33—72). That includes a League-best 21 goals in his past 20 outings dating to Jan. 31 (21-12—33).

He was last the First Star of the Week in the NHL on 10/7/19, after netting four goals and four assists in the first two games of the Rangers season.

Zibanejad was named the Second Star in the NHL for the month of February and the Second Star of the Week that ended on 2/23

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Watch: Mika Zibanejad’s FIVE goals

Mika Zibanejad scored five-goals against the Caps on Thursday:

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Mika Zibanejad named Second Star of the Month in the NHL

The NHL has announced that Mika Zibanejad was named the Second Star of the month for February.

From the NHL’s release:

  • Zibanejad tied for first in goals (11) and ranked second in points for the month (11-9—20) as the Rangers shared the League lead with 11 wins in February (11-4-0) to move from nine points outside a playoff position to within two points of a Wild Card spot (35-25-4, 74 points).
  • Zibanejad recorded a point in 12 of 15 games, scoring a goal in 11 contests – including an overtime winner Feb. 25 (at NYI) that gave the Rangers a new franchise record for longest road win streak.
  • He had a career-high nine-game point streak (Feb. 11-27: 8-7—15) and hit the 30-goal mark Feb. 27 in Montreal, becoming the first Rangers player with consecutive 30-goal campaigns since Jaromir Jagr (2005-06—2006-07) and extending his career-best goal streak to six games in the process – the longest by a Rangers player in 14 years (Jagr in 2005-06) and tied for the longest in the NHL this season. Zibanejad, 27, a native of Huddinge, Sweden, is in his ninth NHL season, fourth with the Rangers. He has 30-32—62 in 51 games this season, one goal and 13 assists/points from setting career highs in each category.

Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl was named the First star of the month and Boston’s David Pastrnak was named Third.

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Panarin and Zibanejad crack TSN’s Top 50 NHLers

Artemi Panarin was ranked 5th in TSN’s list of the Top 50 NHLers at the midpoint of the season.

Panarin was ranked 21st in TSN’s preseason rankings.

Mika Zibanejad was ranked 39th, ahead of former Ranger JT Miller (41) and John Tavares (43). (TSN)

Zibanejad was not ranked in the preseason rankings.

Panarin has 26 goals and 42 assists in 47 games this season to lead the Rangers.

Zibanejad has 18 goals and 21 assists in 35 games this season.

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Mika Zibanejad OUT against Nashville, Georgiev in net

6:30PM: David Quinn spoke with the media on Friday and said (NYR):

  • On Ryan Strome, “you see his trajectory, that you want to see in all of your players, he’s gradually gotten better. I think he has been more thorough in all three zones, obviously he’s been productive offensively but the other aspects of his game that he’s added has certainly made him an impactful player for us.”
  • On not having Mika, “you certainly prefer to have him there and with our youth situation down the middle, you think ‘boy we really miss him’ and we really do, that being said, I thought Fil Chytil had a second-line center type of night. The question is can he do it over and over again. I thought Howden had a really good night, I thought Lias Andersson had his best night. The good news for us is that all of those guys had really good nights, now, can you follow it up.”
  • On Chytil, “how quick he was, how decisive, he was on the right side of the play. His willingness to compete and battle every shift, when the puck was in the neutral zone, offensive zone, d-zone, there was an element of quickness and decisiveness in every area that he is going to need to have.”
  • Mika is not a head injury, “it’s more neck, upper, that area.”
  • Same lineup tomorrow, “yes.”
  • On Brady Skjei, “you can see it in his face. He wants to do so well, so badly and sometimes that is his biggest problem. One of the things you see when he’s playing well is the confidence in his look, the gaps, when he gets to a puck he’s decisive. To me it’s his gap that can tell you whether he is feeling good about his game or not, I thought he had a really good game the other night.”
  • Does Skjei get down on himself too quickly, “100%, without question. He cares so much and not only does he want to do well for himself, teammates, coaching staff, organization, he’s that type of human being. Every player wants to do that, I think he does it at another level, it can kind of get in his way, being the player he is capable of being consistently, that is something he has to continue to work on and overcome.”
  • On Lindgren, I thought he had a really good night, picked up where he left off from training camp. His skating, compete level, decision making with the puck, his puck skills are better. Thought he had a good night.”
  • On conversations with Marc Staal, “we talked at length today. He understands what he needs to do to get back. He’s a guy that I really think will elevate his game to where he is going to be in night in and night out, at least I hope so. We need him, we need veterans and guys that have been in the league for a while. I’m expecting him to get back to where he needs to. If he does what I know he is capable of doing he’s going to be in the lineup, we want to win hockey games and at the end of the day that is what it’s about. I think he’s smart, when he’s playing well he plays with an edge to his game, strong defender, good gaps, good PKer. He’s as likeable a guy as there is and has a presence about him. Those are things that we need.”
  • On consistency, “we’ve done it two of the last three games, but that is not enough. As I’ve talked about, you can’t have the dropoff that we had. You can’t go from playing well against Buffalo and then having that colossal drop that we did against Boston. We had a better performance against Tampa than we did against Buffalo. We have to find that level where if you aren’t having a great night and aren’t feeling it, you have to be able to survive and not have what happened to us against Boston happen.”

12:23PM: Mika Zibanejad has been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against Nashville with an upper body injury. (NYR)

Zibanejad has been listed as day to day since he was injured in the first period of last Sunday’s loss to Boston.

Alex Georgiev will be in net and Marc Staal will be scratched. (NYR)