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Saturday stories: No callups, PRP for Marian Gaborik, Alex Frolov's time, Todd White's in, Erik Christensen debatable, Prospal surgery


Wearing a sling on his left shoulder and a Yankee cap, Marian Gaborik said he's been told to expect being sidelined between two and four weeks, but hopes to speed the process with platelet-rich plasma therapy, which he's had previously on his groin and hamstring.

PRP therapy involves enriching blood through spinning and re-injecting it into injured tissue to speed healing. Both Sean Avery and Ryan Callahan had PRP therapy late last season.

"I’ve never had a separated shoulder before," said Gaborik, who though the previous PRP treatments were successful. "’ve had it done in muscles, never in ligaments or joints, hopefully that’s going to help. I have to stay positive and make sure I do whatever I need to do to make it better."

On the second period hit, Gaborik said, "I didn’t even see (Colby) Armstrong, I was focusing on (Freddy) Sjostrom. I didn’t see anybody or expect anybody behind me. It was a hit from felt way worse than it looked... I hit my head first, then my shoulder. I tried to stay out for the power play, but it felt worse and worse, I got the puck and tried to make a play, and I knew it something’s wrong, not just a little bruise."

Tortorella said that even with Gaborik and Drury out, his intent was to go with 12 forwards against the Avalanche Monday, and not call help from Hartford, installing Todd White and Erik Christensen in lines that he will determine tomorrow. More on that below...



With Gaborik out, Alex Frolov needs to bring his A game.

"Even with Gabby in, it’s important to get Frolov going," Tortorella said. "He’s done some really good things protecting the puck. He’s a really good wall player as far as the strength he has on the puck, it’s just getting him to feel good about his game offensively. He’s always working on the other part of the game, asks a lot of questions, he needs to score a goal or two to help him with some confidence. Obviously it’s more important now... We want him to shoot, we need him to score goals, now with losing our top two guys from last year. He’s a pretty rounded player, it’s just gaining some confidence."

Here's more from Tortorella: "He wants to learn how we want him to play. He’s very engaged, reminds me of Gabby a little. I believe he’s going to get going.. He’s a good pro, he just needs something good to happen to him here. He needs to continue to work away from the puck. He’s made some good offensive plays, nbot flashy ones, out of the corner, in Islander game, but it just have’t been a good offensive flow."


Erik Christenen (groin), who sat out against the Leafs, and the coach don't appear to be on the same page right now.
"We need him," Tortorella said after declaring that Christensen would be ready Monday. "He stayed on whole practice, as far as I’m concerned, unless I hear something in the next hour, he’s healthy."

A few minutes earlier, Christensen was not ready to declare himself set to go.

"I can still feel it," Christensen said in the locker room after practice. "I’m thinking about Monday, but it’s not a 'for sure'. I’m still worried about getting into foot-races from blue line to blue line and having to go all out. It’s something I don’t want to push because it’s tough to heal and if it gets worse it going to be a lot longer than I expect. I’m glad the way it felt today. Yesterday it was biting early on.....I’m sitting in the dressing room (Friday) watching the game, and said "I’ve have to get better, we’re losing guys like crazy." But I’m not going to go in and jeopardize my health for the long-term, by saying, " Oh let’s just go Monday, who cares, play through it, whatever". It’s sort of day-to-day like the doctor said, and I'll make a decision on Monday morning."


White, 35, who arrived in the Brasher trade with Atlanta, hasn't played in a regular-season game yet, said, "this is not how you’d want to get into the lineup…but I was told to be ready when my number was called." He said his shoulder, on which he had surgery in April, is far better from the first scrimmages, especially when taking a hit. "One of the biggest things is battling for pucks in the corners. At the beginning of camp, I didn’t think the strength was where I needed, it’s there now…It’s feeling the best it’s had…the more I do stuff, the more confident I am."


Vinny Prospal, who goes under the knife on Tuesday, will have his right knee cleaned. The team described it as exploratory, "not a normal scope." "Once he (team surgeon Dr. Andrew Feldman) goes in and see what’s entailed, he'll give us an estimate (on his return)" Tortorella said

As for the freak injury to Drury, Tortorella said: "It’s unbelievable...He just fell into Rozy... it's the way he fell. I’ve looked at it five or six times (with assistant coach Mike Sullivan). It's the same finger, different fracture, not displaced, I just worry about him, he’s fit to be tied."


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