Mats Zuccarello will play tonight

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are getting back their leading scorer (well, not including Martin St. Louis) tonight, as Mats Zuccarello will be rejoining the lineup after suffering a broken hand in the Olympics. Zuccarello missed Norway’s final game in Sochi and the first five games since the break. Zucc will likely rejoin linemates Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard on the third line.

Derek Dorsett, who was the only forward at the optional skate this morning, will likely sit.

8 Responses to “Mats Zuccarello will play tonight”

  1. Bloomer says:

    Good to see SuperZucc back. Are the Rangers going with Talbot in goal tonight or are they sticking with the loser goalie Lundquist?

    • Ray says:

      Sadly, AV said yesterday that it would be Lundqvist. I think Lundqvist needs both the rest and the wake up call a week off would give him. It appears that AV believes that Hank knows best what’s good for him and Hank wants to play.

      And like most believe, though I suspect neither you nor I, AV believes the Rangers won’t go far in the playoffs without Lundqvist.

      • Bloomer says:

        Unless Lundquist gets his mojo back the Rangers won’t be in the playoffs. Henk hasn’t been the same since he was schooled by Team Canada at the Olympics.

    • Furls says:

      I’d like to see Talbot start as well.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      How in the heck is Lundqvist a loser goalie. He’s close to the most wins in franchise history. The reason Hank isn’t playing like he has for 10 years now is the change in Defensive coverage. Torts zone D kept everything to the outside and the 5 skaters blocked 1/2 the shot attempts.
      Now with AV & his man/overload coverage it one guy can’t keep up with his check or gives up inside position. The result is usually a 1 on 1 with Hank the only thing between the net and the shooter. The new system can create more offense when executed right but there’s always going to be better chances for the opposition. Goals are usually the result of 2 or 3 skaters following the puck leaving an open option in front. Considering the change Hank has played well. His Vezina days may be behind him but the cup is the bigger picture. The Rangers D play more conservative with Talbot in goal than when Hank starts. Not his fault. He is our goalie for the next 8 years so get used to it. More 2 on 1′s against and more breakaways but the offense can take games over. We also have a top 2 D core in the NHL IMO. Either the Rangers or the Blues have the best. LA is in there as well.
      IMO Dorsett needs to play. Either Boyle or Moore should sit tonight. I love Boiler but I doubt he is resigned unless he likes his current contract. Not getting a raise as a 4th liner. Already making too much for where he plays. Resign Moore! Another year of camp and he’ll be the player we hoped he’d be when we signed him last summer.

      • Bloomer says:

        You can’t win the Stanley Cup if you don’t make the playoffs. Who gives a frig what Lundquist has done on the past, this team needs solid goaltender right now. What they are getting instead is a flailing Lundquist who keeps kicking out the puck to the opposition. Sorry to burst your bubble.

      • Ray says:

        Among starting goalies, Lundqvist is right in the middle in GAA. Among goalies with ten or more starts, same story. Rangers have lost more Lundqvist starts than they have won this year. Without Talbot, the Rangers would be twelfth in the East and out of the playoff picture. The term “loser goalie” is a bit strong, but he has had a bad year. Since he came on the season, he has been the most valuable Ranger every single year. This year, he shouldn’t even be in the conversation and in fact was once given an undeserved Broadway hat because he played decently and his teammates wanted to make him feel better.

        I expect Lundqvist to bounce back, but there is no guarantee he will remain the Ranger goaltender. With his contract, he will be cut a lot of slack, but if he consistently performs at the level of the last week, he will be replaced. Eight million in lost cap space is really bad, but an inadequate goaltender is even worse.

        What’s frustrating to some of us is that the Rangers have a top goaltender now. Yes, it is true that if the Rangers rely on Talbot, other teams may indeed “solve” him. But if they do, well it’s just back to Lundqvist.

  2. Chris F says:

    Any practice line revelations?

    Others here have suggested some changes that I think are worth exploring.

    Ideally:

    Hagelin – Stepan – Nash
    Kreider – Richards – St. Louis (still strange typing that)
    Pouliot – Brassard – Zuccarello
    Carcillo – Boyle – Moore.

    And for all the Boyle/Moore haters, you’re out of your mind. Moore pretty much single handedly got the Rangers a point the other night and Boyle ‘s PK services are needed more than ever with Callahan’s departure.

    Boyle and Moore are perfect 4th liners. They are very good on faceoffs, defensively responsible, great PKers and Moore has good speed and tenacity. In actuality, it’s one of Carcillo or Dorsett that seem redundant.