New York Rangers, Mats Zuccarello
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The New York Rangers suffered a bye week injury as it was reported Monday that Mats Zuccarello is out day-to-day with a foot infection.

Frank Curto

The New York Rangers have announced forward Mats Zuccarello will be out of the lineup day to day with a foot infection.

Following practice on Monday, it was reported that Zucc should be able to play Thursday in New Jersey.

The right winger did not practice on Sunday or Monday while the trade-rumor mill went into high gear. Throughout social media, the speculation was Zucc might be involved in some sought of trade which would explain why he had not been on the ice the last two days.

The actual reason is far less exciting as a foot infection was the culprit.

Zuccarello suffered through a very slow start to the season. He battled a groin injury along with the constant reporting of his contract situation and a possible trade from the day which has yet to occur.

In 35 games this season, the “Hobbit” has recorded 24 points with 16 assists. He was in the middle of a scoring streak, tallying four goals and five assists for nine points in the last five games. He and his linemates Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad have been one of the hottest lines in the league over the last two weeks.

At practice on Sunday, Brett Howden skated in place of Zuccarello, along with Kreider and Zibanejad. David Quinn has yet to make an announcement of what the lines will look like for the game against Philadelphia Tuesday night at the Garden.

Mika Zibanejad injured at practice, did not return

Colin Stephenson reported on Monday morning that during the team’s practice center Mika Zibanejad went down after shooting a puck on a power play drill and never returned to the ice for rest of the practice.

The team can ill afford to lose another player off of their top line. The Rangers had not made any formal announcement regarding Zibanejad.

Zibanejad Update

Colin Stephenson of Newsday tweeted that Rangers head coach David Quinn stated Zibanejad is ok and will play tomorrow against Philadelphia.

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