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With Mika Zibanejad back, the New York Rangers forward lines are filthy (Video)

Dec 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

With Mika Zibanejad back, Alain Vigneault‘s full, healthy forward lines for his New York Rangers are completely and utterly filthy.

When peeking in on the New York Rangers lineup in anticipation of their game against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, you may just need a double-take. 

Forget double, think triple-take.

With Mika Zibanejad finally back in tow, joining Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevhich (who returned last Friday), New York’s four forward lines are absolutely nasty.

  1. Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
  2. Pavel Buchnevich – Mika Zibanejad – Rick Nash
  3. J.T. MillerKevin HayesMichael Grabner
  4. Jimmy VeseyBrandon PirriJesper Fast

I mean, from top to bottom, it’s downright scary how skilled and quick this group is.

To prove it, they pounced on the Stars just 27 seconds into the game when Derek Stepan punched one home from behind the net:

While we’ll wonder if the defense is up to snuff when it comes to contending for a Stanley Cup, there’s no question this offense is of championship-caliber.

New York leads Dallas 1-0 just five minutes gone in the first period.

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