by Patrick Hoffman on 10/27/09 at 05:25 PM ET
Many New York Ranger fans, including myself, questioned the off-season free-agent signings of Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal. With Gaborik, the issue clearly had to do with injuries while with Prospal, it was more an issue of consistency.
Through the team’s first 12 games, Gaborik has 18 points (10g, 8a) and Prospal has16 (4g, 12a). They’re scoring on the power play, they’re making their linemates better and they’ve shown a tremendous amount of chemistry.
In my eyes, it’s been Prospal that’s been the surprise. We all knew that he could put up points but we also knew that he had trouble with consistency. So far at least, he has shown the team that he has bought into their system and that he can produce at a point-per-game pace.
Last night in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden, both Gaborik (2g, 1a) and Prospal (1g, 2a) posted three points and really helped make the team’s power play a threat.
Unfortunately, Gaborik was injured last night after a third-period on-ice collision. Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants had the following to say regarding Gaborik:
Neither Marian Gaborik nor Henrik Lundqvist were on the ice today for the Rangers, Gaborik still recovering from a third-period on-ice collision in last night’s 5-2 win over the Coyotes. The Rangers are not disclosing what type of injury it is, just what it isn’t. It isn’t a hip, groin or - in Gaborik’s words - a torso problem. He was shaking his right leg as he skated off the ice so we’ll go out and call this one a lower-body injury. No word on his availability for tomorrow night’s game against the Islanders but coach John Tortorella said he was not too concerned. However, asked for more specifics, Tortorella retreated to his “I didn’t speak to the trainer yet” position.
Regarding Henrik Lundqvist, Gross reported the following:
As for Lundqvist, he was involved in a one-car collision while driving to practice as his luxury car slid off the slick Saw Mill in today’s rain and hit a guardrail. The goalie was said to be OK but was obviously late getting to practice. No reason he shouldn’t be available tomorrow.
Hopefully, both Gaborik and Lundqvist will be ready to go when the take on the New York Islanders in Long Island tomorrow night.
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