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Gaborik Set To Return; Rozsival Injured

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The news out of practice this morning, per Andrew Gross, is that Marian Gaborik is indeed ready to return for tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Gaborik has missed 12 games with a separated left shoulder, which he suffered after a Colby Armstrong blindside hit during the Rangers home opener. A returning Gaborik would be a big welcome for the Rangers, who have desperately need another scorer in the lineup to take pressure off of Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle*, who currently have 17 of the Rangers 41 goals this season. A returning Gaborik would likely mean a spot in the press box for Todd White, who seems to be hanging around because of the injuries the Rangers have faced all year.

*-Yes, Brian Boyle too. Scary, right?

The lines from practice were the same as before:

Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Alex Frolov-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Derek Boogaard-Erik Christensen-Todd White/Marian Gaborik

If Gaborik returns, White being scratched is almost a certainty. However, the rest of the lineup is up in the air. It is unlikely that the coaching staff will break up the Dubi/AA/Cally line; and considering the success of the Avery/Boyle/Prust combination last game, it seems that line won’t be broken up yet either. That means Fedotenko will be sliding to the fourth line with Boogaard and Christensen, with Gaborik being inserted on a line with Frolov and Stepan. In the preseason, the Frolov/Stepan/Gaborik line clicked, so it will be nice to see them reunited for the time being.

In other news, Michal Rozsival sat out of practice today with an undisclosed injury, and is questionable for tomorrow’s game. Should Rozsival need to sit, Matt Gilroy will play after being scratched for five games in a row.

Update: As per Steve Zipay, Rozsival is out 7-10 games days with a sprained shoulder. Gilroy will be getting the playing time while Rozsival is out.

6 Responses to “Gaborik Set To Return; Rozsival Injured”

  1. jerry says:

    hi all. after a brief stint with building my 69 chevelle getting it ready for next summer i figured id chim in. good news for us that gabs is coming back,( i hope he remains healthy) .even so weve held our own and havent played terrible.i do hate the fact of the trend that ive seen through about three years now ,we get above 500 by 2 games or more and than lose till were back at 500.its drives me crazy.well back to the garage.

    • Dave says:

      I was wondering what happened to you. A ’69 Chevelle is one beast of a car, nice job.

      I don’t mind the .500 play this year because there are so many kids this year. It’s clearly a transition year. I think by 2013 this team will be a Cup contender.

  2. jurgenno88 says:

    its definitely a transition year. in the circumstances they’ve possibly exceeded expectations and played above average thus far. If only Hank could be consistent. He’s lights out for three games then lets a softie in for 2 games…

    • Dave says:

      Hank’s defense needs to be consistent first. If Hank played in Detroit, they’d have won the Cup each year after the lockout.

      • jurgenno88 says:

        valid points. But he has still let a couple in that had less to do with the D than it did to do with his mistakes. Agree though… more help and he’s still a brick wall 99% of the time

  3. JT says:

    I know this is crazy, but Torts could try putting Gaborik and Frolov with Boyle – he’s been skating like a monster. The trio might generate some kind of bizarre, unforeseeable chemistry! Keep Dubi-AA-Cali together, run Avery-Christensen-Feds as the third line, Boo-Pru-Step as the fourth. Just a thought…