Practice Report: Zibanejad In, Nieves Out

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Mika Zibanejad was back at Rangers practice today in his usual spot between Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich.

Zibanejad has been missed by his fellow Blueshirts, who have managed a solid 5-3-1 record in his absence. But perhaps most importantly, Zibanejad is coming back to the Rangers power-play, which has gone 5/27 since the injury to the Swede.

Unfortunately, Boo Nieves gets the short end of the stick with Zibanejad likely to re-enter the lineup on Tuesday. Nieves has done a nice job on the fourth line, skating between Jimmy Vesey and Paul Carey. Nieves racked up three points (G, 2A) in the nine games, and was also a +4.

With Zibanejad back, it appears that Desharnais will move into Nieves’ spot on the fourth line, while JT Miller remains at center between Nash and Zuccarello.