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Zuccarello salty after NHL 20 rates him behind ex-linemate Zibanejad

Wild forward received 84 grade for new game, one point short of Rangers center

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Try as he might, Mats Zuccarello can't quite reach Mika Zibanejad's level in EA Sports NHL 20.

The Minnesota Wild forward was salty about his 84 overall rating in the game, which was one point lower than the New York Rangers forward and his former linemate.

Tweet from @zuccarello36: Its CRAZY me how @MikaZibanejad have a higher rating than me😳 when i have been carrying him on my back the last 2-3 years🤷��������� life is unfair sometimes i guess @EASPORTS

Zibanejad and Zuccarello's rating were unveiled Friday, along with five other NHL players, on the EA Sports NHL Instagram account. Zibanejad had a career season with 30 goals and 74 points while playing with Zuccarello on his right wing until the Rangers traded Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 23. 

Zibanejad, who also was rated 85 in NHL 19, could only laugh at Zuccarello's comment.

Tweet from @MikaZibanejad: 😂😂😂😂

Zuccarello, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota on July 1, wasn't the only NHL player reacting to his rating in the new video game on social media. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois showed off his meme game while also commenting on his 85 rating in the new game.

Tweet from @18Dubois: I���ve been underestimated my entire life, well maybe next time @EASPORTSNHL you will...estimate me

EA Sports began unveiling ratings for the new season with Jack Hughes on Tuesday. They'll continue to release new player ratings until the game is released worldwide Sept. 13.

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