Rangers star Mika Zibanejad a COVID related absence as team preps for key stretch

Zibanejad misses practice

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May 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal at 2:30 of the second period against Vitek Vanecek #41 of the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers announced center Mika Zibanejad is not practicing today. He is out due to a COVID related absence.

While there is no official word on if he will miss time, should he do so it will be during an important stretch.

Zibanejad had COVID last season.

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Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; (L-R) Artemi Panarin #10 and Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers celebrate their 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Zibanejad, 28, is a vital cog in the Rangers machine. This season, he has four goals and 14 points in 17 games. He plays in all situations including PP1 and PK1. If he misses time, Filip Chytil will likely move into his spot as the first line center. Kevin Rooney could be moved from the 4th to the third line with Greg McKegg taking his spot on the fourth line.

The Rangers will play the Sabres tomorrow night at the Garden. Then they will begin a rough divisional stretch where they will play the Islanders twice, and the Flyers once. Wedged in between is a tough contest against the Bruins.

  • 11/21 vs Sabres
  • 11/24 @ Islanders
  • 11/26 @ Bruins
  • 11/28 vs Islanders
  • 12/1 vs Flyers

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