Nearly half of the points that Michael Del Zotto has scored in his career (45 out of 96) have come on the power play.
This season, only two of Del Zotto’s seven points have come on the power play. One of those points was the primary assist on Derek Stepan’s game winning goal on Sunday.
Against the Capitals, Del Zotto played 4:13 on the power play which led all Rangers defensemen.
- Against the Islanders on Thursday, Del Zotto played 2:25 on the PP while Dan Girardi played over four minutes.
- Against the Bruins last Tuesday, Del Zotto didn’t see any PP time while Girardi saw close to 1:30 and Anton Stralman saw close to 2 minutes.
- Against Tampa Bay on 2/10, Del Zotto saw one second of PP time while Girardi and Stralman were close to three minutes.
- Against the Islanders on 2/7, Del Zotto didn’t see any PP time while Stralman saw close to two minutes and Ryan McDonagh saw close to one minute.
- Against the Devils on 2/5, Del Zotto saw over six minutes on the PP which led the Rangers defensemen. Anton Stralman played over four minutes.
In regards to Del Zotto on the PP, John Tortorella said on Sunday, “It’s been in his hands for a couple of years here. Sometimes he is really good at it, sometimes he is really bad at it. It’s died there a little bit but he makes a great play there and I think Michael has played very well the past couple of games.”
Tortorella said yesterday, “It’s died with him some times. Last night he was on. We have entrusted a young man with a lot early on in his career. When his game is on, his power play is better. He has played better. There has been some struggles with his 5 on 5 game, but he has played better. It comes with his power play. We hope it stays consistent. He has run our PP a lot over the past few years and he has done some really good things and there has also been some struggles but I think we should expect that out of a young kid.”
Del Zotto has played at least 20 minutes in all but two games this season (2/10 against Tampa, 2/12 against Boston)