Zibanejad (upper body) is expected to be back in the lineup versus the Penguins on Friday, per Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic. Zibanejad was reportedly dealing with both upper and lower-body injuries but appears to be good to go for Friday's clash. In three games this year, the 27-year-old center tallied one goal on 10 shots, one assist and three hits while averaging 19:51 of ice time. In addition to his five-on-five minutes, Zibanejad is logging 6:32 of ice time with the man advantage which is where he scored his lone goal of the year.
Zibanejad is dealing with both upper-body and lower-body injuries, but coach David Quinn believes he'll be able to play Friday in Pittsburgh, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic reports. Zibanejad slid awkwardly into the boards late in Tuesday's loss to the Devils and was in visible discomfort on the bench. The top-line center was held out of practice Wednesday as a result of those injuries, but he appears to have avoided any major setbacks given his coach's optimism about Zibanejad's availability for New York's next game.
Zibanejad (undisclosed) appeared to get hurt late in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Devils, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports. Zibanejad scored a goal on three shots during the game and skated 19:15, but he wasn't on the bench late in the third period after sliding hard into the boards with about four minutes left. There was no update on the star center's status after the game. Fantasy managers will want to watch closely for an update ahead of Friday's contests versus the Penguins to see if Zibanejad is good to go.
Zibanejad had an assist and two shots in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Islanders. Zibanejad was quiet in Thursday's shutout loss but bounced back as the Rangers returned the favor against their crosstown rivals. He did the heavy lifting in transition to set up the first of two goals by linemate Pavel Buchnevich just 2:12 into the contest. Considering Zibanejad scored 41 times in 57 games last season, it likely won't be long until he starts to light the lamp again himself.
Zibanejad (COVID-19) is expected in the lineup versus the Islanders on Thursday. Zibanejad will no doubt be eager to prove his 41-goal 2019-20 campaign wasn't just a flash in the pan. If the 27-year-old center can get anywhere near that goal total this year, he should be close in the running for the Rocket Trophy by season's end. Not only should the Swede slide into his spot on the first line, but fantasy players can probably expect to see him on the No. 1 power play as well.
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