Zuccarello set career highs in goals (26), points (61), average ice time (18:29) and games played (81) in the 2015-16 campaign. The electric Norwegian was often the driver of the Blueshirts' offense, but he -- like many of his teammates -- went quiet in the playoffs against Pittsburgh, recording just two points in five games. Nonetheless, he's poised to remain a big part of the Rangers' offensive mix for the next several years, as he has three seasons left on the relatively team-frinedly contract extension he signed in March 2015.
Zuccarello (lower body) will not play Saturday against Detroit, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. This news means that the fan-favorite will finish the season with already career-best marks of 26 goals and 61 points. Rangers fans need not worry, though, head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Zuccarello would be ready for the first game of the postseason.
Zuccarello assisted on a pair of Derek Stepan goals -- one on the power play -- and went plus-1 with four shots against the Lightning on Tuesday. Always an expert at finding his teammates in open ice, Zuccarello did just that with Stepan, twice, and the centerman made the Bolts pay. With that, the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard has pushed his way past 60 points for the first time in his career. He's ending the regular season right, having picked up eight points in his last eight games, showing off those playmaking skills that will be key for the Rangers in the playoffs.
Zuccarello scored his 24th goal of the season and added an assist while seeing a team-high 5:56 of ice time on the power play in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Bruins. Zuccarello has power-play goals in back to back games, as the diminutive forward continues to dazzle with the man advantage. He has set a new career high for goals in a season, and needs just three points to match his career-best total of 59.
Zuccarello scored on the power play in Monday's 4-2 win over the Panthers. The tally is the 23rd of the year for Zuccarello, who now leads the Rangers in points with 54. In terms of career highs, the goals are all gravy for the 28-year-old (his previous best was 19), but he's now just five points off his 2013-14 output of 59 points, so look for him to make a strong push for that 60-point plateau with nine games remaining.
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