Rangers star Mika Zibanejad tests positive

A huge blow to a Rangers team poised to really take off.

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According to a report from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad has tested positive for COVID-19. The Rangers top line center had been held of practice due to the positive test, but has joined the team now that he has tested negative.

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"I was out for a certain amount of days going through and sticking to protocol," said Zibanejad, who revealed the positive test to Rosen earlier today. "I've been skating on my own and now first real skate with the team. It felt good."

Zibanejad is now reportedly feeling good, but head coach David Quinn isn't sure if or when he'll be allowed to play on the team's roster.

"I feel good now, I felt good in practice," Zibanejad said. "I've been feeling pretty good for a certain amount of days now. We've been taking this day by day and following the protocol and listening to the (doctors) and everyone. We'll take it day by day. I don't know exactly what happens for Thursday but felt good today and we'll see how things are [Tuesday] and we'll just go from there."

"This is really a day-to-day situation, you just don't know how you're going to respond," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "The good news is he's gotten better and better over the last four or five days once he was able to start some light activity. We're not sure what's going to happen tomorrow. We're not sure what's going to happen Wednesday or Thursday but talking to him after practice I think he felt pretty good about where he was at and how he felt."

Sounds like the 27 year old Zibanejad is on the mend and, pending doctor approval, should be in action for opening night on Wednesday.