For nine seasons, Mats Zuccarello brought his unique brand of hockey to Broadway. Small, fiesty, and incredibly skilled, the winger won over fans pretty quickly, enjoying a breakout season in 2013-2014 while partnered with Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. That was the start of five straight seasons with 50 points, six if you include his 50 point pace in 2018-2019.
But as expected, with the Rangers rebuilding, Zuccarello represented a primary trade chip, and he was sent to Dallas for what turned into second and third round picks. In 509 games with the Rangers, Zuccarello put up a line of 113-239-352.
For Zuccarello, it wasn’t just the stat line. It was his fierceness on the ice. The willingness to go toe-to-toe with Zdeno Chara. The creativity and physicality. The vision and passing. He was a pure joy to watch on the ice in New York for those nine years. In Alain Vigneault’s offensively leaning system, he flourished as a true two-way player, dangerous in all three zones.
Zuccarello is sorely missed by the fans, the one player that was beloved by all.
Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Matthew Dumba
Carson Soucy-Brad Hunt
Alex Stalock gets the start.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: No one cries.
Game time is 7pm.