Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Marian Gaborik vs. Wild: Wait and see
Personally, I believe the Slovakian right winger isn't playing until Sunday afternoon against Boston in the Garden, but there's a chance he'll dress in Minnesota, where he played eight years, on Friday night.
Standing in the locker room with reporters after another practice in which he did not participate ---he was receiving treatment on his right leg, possibly thigh or hamstring, the club is not disclosing---he called himself "day-to-day."
Not playing would be disappointing, Gaborik said. “We don’t play them that often. Definitely it would be something special.”
He confirmed that he was still sore from a front of the net collision late in the third period against Phoenix on Monday, but would be on the plane to Minneapolis this afternoon. The team's top scorer, with 18 points, said he initially thought the injury was more severe.
“It’s not that serious,” said Gaborik, who skated another shift after the hit before shutting down. “I thought it was going to be worse the way it felt. I have to make sure I do the right thing and treat it and take it day by day. It doesn’t feel great but it feels better."
Christopher Higgins (ankle, apparently) and Sean Avery (knee) also missed today’s practice; coach John Tortorella declared them “banged up.” ....The coach admitted that the organization needed and was looking for a seventh defenseman, but that "tiredness" was not an excuse for some recent lapses by the current six....P.A. Parenteau skated and presumably will play tomorrow, particularly if Higgins or Avery need a rest.
More from Tortorella and some players later...