Mats Zuccarello says that it’s hard for him not to think about his future as an impending UFA. He said that it enters his mind sometimes at night but it’s not something that he brings to the rink with him. (NY Post)
He says that he barely talks to his agent and the talks are not something that he can control. He said that all he can do is play hard and that is where his focus is. (NY Post)
Talks between the Rangers and Zuccarello have been “limited” according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)
Zuccarello did say that the contract talks are not the reason for his slow start and that he just happens to be a slow starter. He said it takes some time for him to get comfortable and he may put too much pressure on himself/try to do too much. (NY Post)
He has 8 points in 15 games.
7:29PM: Giannone described his trash talking with Crosby as “epic” on Tuesday night and the two got together early tonight and exchanged slashes. Steve Downie then took a big run at Zuccarello which caught the attention of the Rangers bench.
6:38PM: John Giannone said that on Tuesday night Mats Zuccarello and Sidney Crosby were engaged in a lot of trash talk. (MSG)
Giannone said that at one point Zuccarello told Sidney Crosby that “he likes Evgeni Malkin better.” (MSG)
- Zuccarello and Malkin played together with Magnitogorsk during the lockout in 2012
Asked by Giannone before tonight’s game against Pittsburgh about the trash talk, Zuccarello aid “It’s just funny. A lot of energy between the teams, stuff happens, adrenaline is out there. I don’t think it’s anything more than that.” (MSG)
Crosby had multiple run-ins with the Rangers during the playoffs last year.
Brandon Dubinsky has also called Sidney Crosby a “baby” and a dirty player.
11/5/14 | 11:44AM: Zuccarello is likely returning to the lineup tonight and will replace Ryan Malone. (NYR)
11/4/14 | 5:34PM: Alain Vigneault said today that it’s possible Mats Zuccarello will be able to return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow after missing last night’s game with what the team said is a lower body injury.
Zuccarello said today (NYR and Rangers Report)
- “I skated today so that is good, it gets better, so we will see how it feels tomorrow.”
- Were you hoping to play yesterday, “you always hope you can play every game. There was hope but I couldn’t go. I wanted to be out there but sometimes you can’t.”
- On skating today, “It wasn’t a tough practice, just skating around, getting the movement a bit, we will see how it feels tomorrow in a real practice and see how it is.”
- “I would know after practice if I will be able to give 100%, if I can’t give 100%, I’m not sure since we have other guys who can give 100%. I think that is all I have to feel that I have to give, 100% so if I feel that I can do that I will be ready, to play or not is not up to me.”
Zuccarello said on his Facebook page yesterday that he was suffering from a groin pull.
8:41PM: Zuccarello said on his Facebook page that he has a pulled groin, it’s not serious and he will likely play on Wednesday.
6:30PM: Mats Zuccarello is not on the ice for warmups. (Brooks)
His injury is considered lower-body. (MSG)
11:30AM: Mats Zuccarello is a game-time decision according to Alain Vigneault after receiving treatment this morning. (Cyrgalis)
Ryan Malone would play if Zuccarello can’t but if Malone is claimed off of waivers and Zuccarello can’t play, the Rangers will call someone up from Hartford. (Cyrgals)
Zuccarello was injured on Saturday but stayed in the game.
Mats Zuccarello said that it was a tough game on the ice last night and while the Rangers played well, they didn’t win. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello said that there wasn’t much room on the ice and called it a “warrior match.” (Nettavisen)
He added that being playing with only 4 defensemen for most of the game should have “earned” the Rangers two points. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello played 19:32, had one shot, 1 shot blocked, 1 takeaway, 3 hits and the Rangers goal in the shootout.
Prior to Monday’s game against Minnesota, Mats Zuccarello said that he had been through tough stretches before and that he just needs to play hard and hopefully one will go in.
On Monday night, Zuccarello had his first:
- Goal of the season
- 2 assist game
- Multi-Point game
- 4 shot game
- Game with a greater than plus one rating (plus three)
Zuccarello’s points came after Rick Nash was added to his line with Derick Brassard and Dave Maloney said before the game that Zuccarello was just in need of some chemistry on the ice.
After the game, Zuccarello said on MSG that it’s nice to contribute but he can still be better. He hopes that it’s a step in the right direction.
Alain Vigneault said after the game “Mats is a real intense competitor and when he is going through one of these phases you need to reassure him more than anything else. He puts a lot of pressure on himself but tonight he was good. On their third goal it was his man and he got beat and you could see that he was getting down but hopefully a period like this can get him going.”
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Alain Vigneault put Rick Nash with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello to start the third period last night and the trio combined for 3 goals on 8 shots.
In the third period:
- Nash had 1 goal and 1 assist and 2 shots on goal
- Brassard had 1 goal and 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
- Zuccarello had 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 shots on goal
After the game, Alain Vigneault said that this line “took the game over and it was one of the best periods I have seen three guys play in a long time.”
He added that the “Brass line really took over that period and gave us momentum” and that Brass’s line “just went to work” when the third period started.