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.
6:34PM: Zuccarello said on MSG, ” I have been through this before, you think about it but you need to play hard. I am getting chances. Hopefully one will go in sooner rather than later. If we win I don’t care if I score but it’s those nights when you lose and don’t score that you think about it.”
10/27/14 | 9:35AM Through seven games, Mats Zuccarello has ZERO goals, 1 assist, a minus five rating, 12 shots on goal and an average of 17:36 per game.
Last seaosn, Zuccarello had:
- 1 goal and 2 assists in 11 October games.
- 2 goals and 10 assists in 15 November games
- 6 goals and 7 assists in 14 December games
Asked about his struggles this season, Zuccarello said on Saturday that he has to stay positive and that nothing will change if you only focus on the negative. (The Record)
He added that it’s hard not to think about it and that “it’s a little bit harder to sleep at night.” (The Record)
Adam Rotter: It has been a frustrating start to say the least for Zuccarello who just doesn’t seem to have the puck enough. Maybe he is a slow starter and like last year he will start creating goals and then scoring goals. The Rangers need Zuccarello to perform and it’s in his own best interest to get going with his contract expiring after the year.
Mats Zuccarello picked up his first point of the season last night and played a season high 19:18 in the Rangers 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.
Zuccarello had two shots on goal, 4 shot attempts that were blocked, 1 hit and one giveaway.
He played 5:31 in the first, 5:53 in the second, 6:24 in the third and 1:30 in OT.
Joe Micheletti said that this was Zuccarello’s best game of the season, was “tremendous” and thinks that his performance will “spur” him on. He added that Zuccarello battled all night, got knocked down, went to the net, stole pucks and doesn’t mind taking a hit to make a play. (MSG)
He started the game, mostly, with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin, before being put with Derick Brassard and a rotation of Chris Kreider and Ryan Malone.
Brassard had a big smile on his face when talking about being put back together with Zuccarello and added that he felt last night was Zuccarello’s best game of the season. (Daily News)
Asked about the game, Zuccarello said that it was “time to get a win” and it was “delicious.” He said that there was a “heavy” feeling hanging over the team so they needed the win and played a better game than they had in a while.(Nettavisen)