by Patrick Hoffman on 10/30/09 at 12:06 PM ET
That is the question on every New York Ranger fans mind when it comes to the status of Marian Gaborik tonight as his team gets set to take on his former team, the Minnesota Wild.
As you all know, Gaborik was out of the lineup on Wednesday night against the Islanders and it certainly showed as the Rangers had trouble putting the puck in the net. Against a struggling Wild team (only 6 points this season), may be the team will find a way to put more pucks in the net but remember, most of us thought that on Wednesday night as well.
According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants yesterday, Gaborik sounded doubtful about playing tonight against the team that broke him in in the National Hockey League:
Marian Gaborik certainly didn’t sound hopeful today that he’d be able to play tomorrow night, which would ruin his homecoming to Minnesota. The short version: He’s going to make the trip, he’s still sore, he lists himself as day to day, he’ll try to skate tomorrow morning and see how he feels, he won’t try to rush himself back and put himself at further risk for injury.
Still not definitive word on what his injury his but there seems little disputing that it’s a right leg issue. Gaborik had some ink marks just above his right knee, indicating perhaps a thigh or a hamstring problem. His right knee was not wrapped but it could be a knee issue. Gaborik said he was hurt in a collision in front of the net, not along the boards as first believed, and he played a shift after hurting himself. He initially thought the injury was worse.
For the Rangers’ sake, let’s hope he’s at least ready to go by Monday as the Rangers make their annual trip to Western Canada to take on the Vancouver Canucks (Tuesday, November 3, Edmonton Oilers (Thursday, November 5) and Calgary Flames (Saturday, November 7).
Obviously, the team must focus on tonight’s game against the Wild and Sunday afternoon’s game at the Garden against the Boston Bruins. Three out of four points is certainly doable but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here.
The Blueshirts should win tonight’s game but as always, there are no guarantees.
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