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Mika Zibanejad Will Return to Lineup Wednesday vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Rangers’ No. 1 center will skate on a line with Chris Kreider & Pavel Buchnevich.

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Mika Zibanejad will return to the New York Rangers’ lineup tomorrow night vs. the Carolina Hurricanes, barring a last minute setback, and he’ll be reunited on a line with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich.

The Rangers’ alternate captain was off to a rip-roaring start with 11 points in nine games, and was injured on October 27 vs. the Boston Bruins.

At the time it was said that Zibanejad was dealing with a neck injury, but when speaking with reporters Monday he alluded to his injury being a concussion.

Zibanejad is expected to center a line with Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich, and the only other known line involves Ryan Strome and Artemiy Panarin. Filip Chytil and Brett Howden will center the Blueshirts’ remaining lines, but David Quinn didn’t want to give the Carolina Hurricanes any additional information.

Zibanejad’s return to the lineup makes the Rangers a stronger team overall, and it will be interesting to see how many minutes he gets on Wednesday evening. After playing the Canes, the Rangers are off on Thursday for Thanksgiving, and will return to action on Friday afternoon in a matinee vs. the Bruins in Boston.