Read: The Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello line

Benoit Pouliot, Mats Zuccarello, Benoit Pouliot4/10|9:13AM: Brassard says that sometimes their line gets put up against the other teams third pair and when that happens they are able to take advantage. (NY Post)

Brassard adds that there is no selfishness on that line and that when a player is open he knows he will get the puck. (Newsday)

4/9|6:35PM: Following the Rangers win over the Hurricanes, Alain Vigneault joked that the Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello line was the line that “didn’t want to score.” He added, “they had some great looks and it has some good chemistry 5 on 5 and on the PP and we need them to play that way.”

Dave Maloney said after the game, “they have been so much fun to watch. When the game is played well it’s the skill game and capitalizing on the small parts of the ice. This threesome has been by and large the Rangers best this season.”

Joe Micheletti said that it’s three unselfish players who are so fun to watch when they pass the puck around. He said that their chemistry is so good that when they get into open areas they don’t even need to look to see where they are.

Zuccarello says that the line is three guys who work hard and don’t think too much when on the ice.

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Read: Mats Zuccarello is back to producing points

Mats ZuccarelloSince returning from a broken hand, Mats Zuccarello has 2 goals and 10 assists in 15 games.

The 12 points for Zuccarello have come in eight of the 15 games, with a 3 game pointless streak and a two game pointless streak during the run, and he has five points in the past three games.

Zuccarello’s 55 points is not only a career high but has also placed him as the highest scoring Norwegian player in a season, beating Espen Knutsen’s record of 53 during the 2000-01 season.

Dave Maloney and Joe Micheletti praised Zuccarello’s enthusiasm and ability to inject himself into every play and situation.

Read: Mats Zuccarello’s return to the lineup

Mats ZuccarelloIn his return to the Rangers lineup on Friday, Mats Zuccarello had an assist, a plus one rating, a holding the stick penalty, 3 shots on goal, 2 shots blocked and 3 hits in 18:19.

Zuccarello played:

  • 5:55 in the first
  • 4:59 in the second
  • 7:25 in the third

At 5 on 5, Zuccarello was on the ice for 16 attempts for, 18 against and 11 shots on goal for and 11 against. (ES)

Zuccarello started 50% of his shifts in the offensive zone and 50% in the neutral zone. (ES)

After the game on MSG, Alain Vigneault said “he didn’t miss a beat. he was real solid. Other than the penalty which could go either way I thought he played real strong.”

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Note: Mats Zuccarello is a game time decision tomorrow/Henrik Lundqvist will start

Mats Zuccarello4:05PM: Zuccarello said today (Rangers):

  • On tomorrow, “I don’t know. We will have to talk about and we will see.”
  • Are you cleared to play, “I don’t know.”
  • Is the pain a lot less, “Yes, I feel good, I feel that I can do most of the things out there.”
  • On team with him being back, “I think we have had a good team all year, we have good D, good goalies and we have four good lines. We have skills and speed and some heavy bodies who can do different things. I think we are a solid all around team.”
  • On Marty and the PP, “he is a world class player, probably the best player in the league the last five years. It’s gonna help us to score more goals and win more games. It’s nice for us as the younger guys to learn from him, he is a good pro player and one of the best in the game.”
  • Was Marty an inspiration for you, “obviously…he is almost as tall as me (joking) of course. He is something for sure that you look at and see that it’s possible to be a shorter and succeed and for sure he is a role model in that way and not just that but how he plays and what he does out there.”

1:35PM: It will be a game time decision whether Mats Zuccarello returns to the Rangers lineup tomorrow in Carolina according to Alain Vigneault. (Andrew Gross)

Zuccarello said that he feels ready to play but doesn’t know if he will. (Gross)

On Tuesday, Alain Vigneault said “I think he is day to day now, I don’t expect him tomorrow. It’s just a pain thing. As soon as he can handle the pain taking a pass and he can shoot the puck now, as soon as he can handle the pain. It shouldn’t be much longer.” (Vigneault)

For more on Zuccarello’s injury click HERE, HERE, and HERE.


Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Hurricanes. (Rangers)

It will be Lundqvist’s fourth straight start. He is currently on a three-game losing streak

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Note: Mats Zuccarello is now day to day

Mats Zuccarello Broadway Hat2:33PM: “I think he is day to day now, I don’t expect him tomorrow. It’s just a pain thing. As soon as he can handle the pain taking a pass and he can shoot the puck now, as soon as he can handle the pain. It shouldn’t be much longer.” (Vigneault)

1:35PM: Alain Vigneault said today that Mats Zuccarello is now day to day in his recovery from his left hand fracture. (Rangers)

Vigneault said that Zuccarello won’t play tomorrow and “it shouldn’t be much longer.” (Rangers)

For more on Zuccarello’s injury click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Recap: Mats Zuccarello gives an update on his status

Mats ZuccarelloMats Zuccarello spoke with the media today following practice:

  • “I try everyday to see if it gets better. It’s a fracture so it needs to heal a little bit but it gets better every day.”
  • Did it bother you today, “it’s been 12 days I think so it’s going to hurt a little bit but just keep going on the ice and try and try. It gets better everyday hopefully and then we will see.”
  • On being in good shape when he is ready, “just being on the ice to get the feeling…so that as soon as you are ready to go you are ready to go. You can do as much as you want on the bike or in the gym but it’s on the ice that you want to have the conditioning stuff.”
  • On shooting the puck, “you have to see how far you can go. You feel the sting and know you can go to there and then keep it there and it’s a lot better now than it was 3-4 days ago. It gets better and better.”

Zuccarello is expected to miss 2 weeks of games with his injury.

Recap: Mats Zuccarello’s comments today

ZuccarelloMats Zuccarello spoke with the media today following the announcement that he would be out 3-4 weeks:

  • On how he feels, “It’s tough but it’s part of the game and you need to go with it. It’s nothing that you want to happen over there. It’s a tough one.”
  • Was it the slash, “no, it was a blocked shot in the Austria game.”
  • Did you know it was trouble right away, “I knew it was trouble but I wanted to take an X-Ray right away but they didn’t have an X-Ray at the rink so I kind of….a little bit and I played the rest of the game and the day after was bad so I understood that there was something wrong.”

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News: Mats Zuccarello out 3-4 weeks (two weeks of games)

Mats Zuccarello Broadway HatMats Zuccarello will miss 3-4 weeks from the time of his hand injury which occurred this past Sunday against Russia. (Steve Zipay)

Zuccarello is expected to miss two weeks/10-14 days while he recovers. (Steve Zipay/Darren Dreger) It is expected to be between 7-9 games. (Larry Brooks)

The Rangers doctors confirmed what the original diagnosis of non-displaced fracture of the left had. (Rangers)

 

Buzz: Could Mats Zuccarello be out three weeks? Two weeks of games

Mats Zuccarello11:59AM: Early indications are that Zuccarello will miss 7-10 days (Larry Brooks).

It is not known if that 7-10 days includes this next week, where the Rangers don’t have games, or 7-10 days from when the Rangers resume. If it is the latter it would coincide a bit with the report of Zuccarello missing two weeks of games.

11:49AM: Mats Zuccarello suffered a nondisplaced fracture in his left hand in Norway’s third Olympic game.

Reports in Norway indicated that Zuccarello could be ready to play when the Rangers resume their schedule next Thursday.

Renaud Lavoie tweets that early forecasts project that Zuccarello will be out for three weeks but that a final determination will be made after he meets with doctors. (TVA)

Zuccarello would miss 2 weeks of games. (TVA)

The Islanders Frans Nielsen suffered a similar injury the game before the Olympic Break and was determined to be out for a month. (Newsday)

Chris Drury played six playoff games with a nondisplaced fracture in his hand in 2009 and was unable to shoot or pass with authority. (NY Post)