Mika Zibanejad close to returning for Blueshirts | Resumes skating, will return to practices soon

The man that has been called upon as the true number one center for the New York Rangers has made some recognizable progress from his concussion symptoms that kept him out of the lineup since November 26th.

Mika Zibanejad is almost back and though the Rangers have managed well without him going 4-1 in the games he has missed, the amount of skill and poise he adds to the Rangers top-6 is nearly irreplaceable.

Zibanejad has been the clear-cut offensive leader of this group since the start of the season and is still the top player on the team in P/GP at 0.91. The next closest player is Mats Zuccarello with 0.82 P/GP.

The 6’2″ Swede has developed sensational chemistry with Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider. While David Desharnais has performed admirably in the temporary top-center role, Zibanejad’s return will be a much added benefit to the struggling Rangers powerplay considering 11 of his 24 points are with the man-advantage. The team is currently successful on only 10% of its powerplay chances without him in the lineup.

Expect Zibanejad to look for a return in the next week. Considering his progress, it would be reasonable to see him back as soon as the next Rangers home game against the Los Angeles Kings.

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