Mats Zuccarello status (4/18: Sent back down)
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04-09-2011, 10:01 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
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Christensen does the same thing, doesn't seem to be a problem.
Can't believe we're using the "He was on the bench all game" excuse for not succeeding in a shootout.
Not exactly true. In the shootout against Ottowa, all the shootout-specialists (Zucc, W2, EC) had terrible shots. Zuccs and Christensen sat all third period. Wolksi had 3 minutes in third. Of course itīs not an excuse, but it for sure does not help not having much ice time during the game. If Zucca is recalled mainly to be used in a shootout, and will be sitting most of the game, and the game goes to OT, I hope that Torts at least will give him 2-3 minutes in OT. More space to use his skills 4 on 4, and gets the body warm to a shootout.
Anyways, IF todays game comes down to a shootout, it will be a tremendous pressure on the young rookie Zuccarello... I surely hope he succeeds with his shot and donīt turn out to be the scapegoat who gets blamed for Rangers not going to the playoffs.
Then, on the other hand I will feel truly sorry for him IF he becomes the hero who wins the game for the Rangers, Carolina looses, and he gets sent straight back to the Whale....
IMO this last game is fully comparable to a playoff game. The players will play their ***** off; the Rangers to clinch, the Devils to stop their rivals. This is for sure like a game 7 in a PO. It will be interesting to see how Zucca will be used. If he gets big minuts, plays a good game, produces points, and maybe even gets the winner in a shootout, then he is good enought to stay with the Rangers in the playoffs.
In my opinion.
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