Mika Zibanejad officially back, to play tomorrow

It’s been 25 long games...

On Nov. 20, Mika Zibanejad broke his leg at the end of a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers.

On Jan. 17 - otherwise known as tomorrow - he will be back in the lineup.

It’s been a long road back for Zibanejad. He’s missed 25 games over the course of his recovery; the Rangers have a 15-10 record in his absence, and have fallen out of the top three in the Metropolitan Division and into a wildcard spot.

Before he was injured, Zibanejad was averaging 16:41 a game for the Rangers. He had 15 points in 19 games, which is still tied for 12th on the team; if you go by points per game, Zibanejad’s .79 is third.

So it’s probably an understatement to say the Rangers are ready to welcome Zibanejad back - especially as they’ve gone through a mini-slump since returning from the bye week, dropping two straight games.

No matter what, though, this has been a long time coming - and it’s going to be really great to see Zibanejad back on the ice again, for real!