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Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (false positive) out of COVID protocol

Field Level Media
21 Nov 2021, 14:40 GMT+10

New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad was removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Saturday after a false positive test.

Zibanejad, who missed most of training camp last season after testing positive for COVID-19, was held out of practice on Saturday morning. However, he's available to play for the Rangers against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

The Rangers were practicing Saturday because their scheduled game for that day against Ottawa was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak on the Senators.

Zibanejad has recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 17 games this season.

The 28-year-old Swede led the team in goals (24) and game-winning goals (seven) last season. He also had 26 assists to finish with 50 points.

Zibanejad has 448 points (204 goals, 244 assists) in 621 career games with the Senators and Rangers. He was selected by Ottawa with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The Rangers acquired Zibanejad and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Ottawa Senators on July 18, 2016. The Senators received fellow forward Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft in the trade.

--Field Level Media

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