Through three games, Mika Zibanejad has 4 goals (3 on the PP), a minus two rating, 15 shots on goal, 22 shot attempts and a 55.75 faceoff win percentage.
After scoring twice on opening night, Zibanejad said that he was doing his best to find open space and just shoot the puck. (MSG)
He said last night that the puck is going in for him and "I just am trying to place myself in a good spot out there and the guys are finding me and the puck seems to be going in. That's just the mentality. You just have to keep shooting when you are hot, I guess." (NYR Game Notes)
Alain Vigneault said on Sunday that the Rangers put a lot of faith in Zibanejad with his new contract and that he is expected to be "an impact player on our team. The way he started is the way he has to continue. He has to be a force on the ice and a difference maker and that is what we expect from him."
Adam Rotter: Offensively there isn't much more that Zibanejad could have done through three games. He's shooting the puck, getting open, and working well with Kevin Shattenkirk and company on the PP. His line with Buchnevich and Kreider has been solid and so far he has lived up to being the Rangers number one center. Zibanejad has shown that he can be streaky at times and while the Rangers will ride this hot streak for as long as they can, the real test for Zibanejad will come when he goes cold for a few games. He won't score or create offense like this every night but the key will be finding a way to snap those cold streaks before they go on for too long.