Prior to the morning skate it was announced by Alain Vigneault that Mats Zuccarello will be scratched for the first time this season, and recent call up Brandon Mashinter will start for the Rangers as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season.
Zuccarello, has yet to get a point through 7 games this season. The Rangers are looking for answers in their offensive output, but putting Brandon Mashinter in their may not give them an answer. Mashinter is more of a gritty defensive forward known for dropping his gloves, but does show offensive flash from time to time.
Zuccarello, will fight to get back in the lineup to prove himself. There are other Rangers that are on this roster that aren’t performing, and its up to them to get going.