Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers leading scorer with 43 points in 58 games this season, is flying back from Sochi, Russia and will have his injured left hand examined by one of the team's doctors after arriving in New York on Thursday.
An MRI taken in Russia revealed that Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. The injury occurred while Zuccarello was playing for Norway during preliminary round action against Austria on Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Zuccarello, his hand wrapped and bandaged, was unable to play on Tuesday when Norway was eliminated from Olympic play in a 4-0 loss to Russia.
Zuccarello is scheduled to land in New York on Thursday morning, and then he will meet with Dr. Posner later in the day for an official evaluation of his hand injury.
The talented Norwegian has not missed a single game due to injury this season, though he was a healthy scratch on one occasion. He entered the Olympics on a career-high six-game point-scoring streak with the Rangers, recording two goals and six assists in that span to move one point ahead of Brad Richards for the team lead.
The popular Zuccarello also leads the team in assists with 28, and is tied for second in goals with 15.