Zuccarello handed out a trio of assists (one on the power play) in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to Dallas.
He led all forwards in ice time (19:34) while pushing his point streak to three games. Actually, Zuccarello's now racked up 15 assists and 44 shots on net in his past dozen contests, but he still hasn't scored since mid-December, leaving him stuck on eight goals for the year. There's still plenty of fantasy value here thanks to the helpers, but the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard's decline in goal and power-play production (just seven points) relative to last year must be leaving his fantasy owners with mixed feelings.
Zuccarello came up empty on nine shot attempts, but did factor into Chris Kreider's goal Friday in a 4-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs.
If you own Zuccarello in fantasy, then we'd hope your league counted all those attempts. The winger was all over the ice, firing between the pipes at least once in each period and taking half of his shots during the man advantage. But as the old adage goes, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take," so give Zuccarello his 'A' for effort and hope he has better luck in Saturday's road game against Montreal. Supported by the rest of the Rangers' high-octane offense, Zuccarello is still paying dividends at a steady rate, having accumulated eight goals and 22 assists in 42 games this season.
It was a very active night for Zuccarello, who fired four shots on goal in 19:34 of ice time. The 29-year-old is up to 29 points in 39 games and has heated up for a
Zuccarello had no issues finding his teammates for the third straight game. The 29-year-old has five helpers in that span -- nine total in December -- but continues to struggle scoring. The shots are there, the winger just can't bury them like he did last year (26 tallies). Zuccarello sported a 15.7 percent scoring clip in his previous campaign, which isn't being replicated this season as he sits just above 10 percent.
Zuccarello finally put an end to his 14-game goalless slump Thursday, putting the puck into an empty net to seal a 2-0 win over Dallas.
No, it's not the most inspiring way he could end his goal-scoring skid, but Zucc needed to get the monkey off his back any way he could. You could tell that the slump was weighing on his mind when he corralled the puck at center ice and took an extra moment to carefully aim for the Dallas net, and the sweet relief on his face when it went in was a great sight for both Rangers fans and fantasy owners. The process has been good for the 29-year-old winger the whole way through, so there's no reason to shy away from using him in your lineup.