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Mika Zibanejad | Center | #93

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 222
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (6) / OTT
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Mika Zibanejad wants to take advantage of his time as Ottawa's number one center.
"It is an opportunity for myself to take a role that I have been expecting to grow into, or take that next step forward," said Zibanejad, who is getting more responsibilities with Kyle Turris sidelined. "Being able to play against top lines every night is a challenge. And it's a fun one." He is expected to play between Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan in Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh. Zibanejad will enter the match on a six-game point streak, so he appears to be up for the challenge. Feb 2 - 11:16 AM

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Mika Zibanejad stretched his point streak to six straight games on Tuesday.

He earned an assist on a goal by Erik Karlsson in Ottawa's 3-2 loss to Buffalo. Zibanejad has produced five helpers and seven points during his scoring spree.
Jan 27 - 11:39 AM

Mika Zibanejad has five game-deciding shootout goals, which moves him ahead of Daniel Alfredsson.

"I like the shootout," said Zibanejad, who has scored on three of his six shootout attempts this year. "Ever since I was a kid, I like breakaways, I like one-on-one situations with a goalie, I've been somewhat successful, I guess. I like it, I don't want to get rid of it. It's a different element to the game, I think. A lot of people call it a lottery, but I really enjoy it." He scored the only goal in the shootout against San Jose on Monday and added an assist in regulation.
Jan 21 - 8:26 AM

Mika Zibanejad scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 5-3 win over Los Angeles.

The Kings had a 3-1 lead early in the third period, but that evaporated quickly with goals by Bobby Ryan, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Zibanejad (go-ahead goal). Zibanejad also picked up an assist on Ryan's goal in the third frame. The 22-year-old has nine goals and 26 points in 44 games this season.
Jan 16 - 6:43 PM

Mika Zibanejad found the back of the net in Ottawa's 2-1 overtime victory against Boston on Saturday.

Zibanejad ended his four-game point drought. He has eight goals and 24 points in 41 contests in 2015-16. It's looking more and more like he'll finish the season around his 2014-15 mark of 46 points.
Jan 10 - 10:52 AM

Mika Zibanejad (eye) is expected to play Thursday night.

He was accidentally hit in the eye by the stick of St. Louis forward Jori Lehtera on Monday night. His eyelid is red and swollen, but he can see and that's all that matters. "It was quite scary at the beginning there, when you don't know what's going on and there's blood everywhere, but ... I was lucky and I'm happy everything was fine."
Jan 7 - 8:21 AM

Mika Zibanejad left Monday's game against St. Louis because of an injury to his face.

The Senators have announced that he won't return. Zibanejad was hurt after taking a high-stick to the face. We'll provide an update on his status as soon as one is made available. He should be considered day-to-day right now.
Jan 4 - 9:07 PM

Mika Zibanejad was demoted to the fourth line during Sunday's contest.

He played there during the third period, but could still skate with Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman on Monday night. Zibanejad had a three-game point streak before going scoreless in his last two outings.
Jan 4 - 10:53 AM

Mika Zibanejad's promotion to the top line Monday night was a big success.

He notched a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings. Zibanejad had no goals and one assist in his previous seven contests. He had the primary helper on goals by Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson during the second period and he gave the Senators some breathing room in the third when he scored his fifth tally of the year. Zibanejad has 20 points in 30 games.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Mika Zibanejad is projected to play between Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman on Monday.

Kyle Turris is being moved off the top line and is set to start against Los Angeles with Zack Smith and Mark Stone as his wingers. Zibanejad has no goals and one assist in his last seven outings.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:17:00 PM

Mika Zibanejad will return to his position as Ottawa's second line center Saturday against the Islanders.

Zibanejad will be flanked by Shane Prince and Mark Stone, which ought to make for a dynamic line for the Senators. Zibanejad has had a quality season, all things considered. The 22-year-old has 16 points in 24 games, has 17 blocks, 31 hits, and has won just a touch below half his 413 draws.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 06:18:00 PM

Mika Zibanejad (concussion) could play Saturday night against the Islanders.

He needs to have one more test to ensure he is over concussion symptoms. If he passes, Zibanejad could dress against the Isles. Stay tuned for further updates.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Mika Zibanejad (upper body) was on the ice prior to Thursday's practice.

Zibanejad is close to returning to the Senators' lineup, per coach Dave Cameron. Even still, he isn't expected to play on Thursday.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:43:00 PM

Mika Zibanejad (upper body) is doubtful to play Thursday, according to coach Dave Cameron.

The Senators bench boss did say that Zibanejad was feeling better one day after taking a hit to the head from Philadelphia's Radko Gudas. He left Tuesday's game for precautionary reasons.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Mika Zibanejad was hit in the head by forearm/elbow from Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas on Tuesday night.

He left the game in the third period and Gudas wasn't even penalized on the play. "What do I think about it? It was a five-minute major," said coach Dave Cameron. "For sure (it should be reviewed). Isn't that what the league (discipline) is all about today, no head shots? I would be shocked if that's not reviewable and (Gudas is not) suspended." There was no immediate update on Zibanejad's status
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Kyle Turris
2Mika Zibanejad
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Zack Smith
5Curtis Lazar
6Ryan Dzingel
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Clarke MacArthur
3Shane Prince
4David Dziurzynski
RW1Bobby Ryan
2Mark Stone
3Chris Neil
4Alex Chiasson
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Marc Methot
4Cody Ceci
5Mark Borowiecki
6Patrick Wiercioch
7Chris Wideman
8Chris Phillips
G1Craig Anderson
2Andrew Hammond