In his pre-game briefing, coach John Tortorella repeatedly would not go further than that. He declined to even say that Gaborik, who will miss his second straight game, was improving.
So,. read between the lines. The Rangers' leading scorer isn't improving. He'll probably be out for the weekend back to backs, with the earliest return perhaps on Wednesday in New Jersey.
Michael Del Zotto will dress for the first time since he was sliced by Evgeny Malkin's skate on Feb. 12, as reported yesterday. Henrik Lundqvist is in. Aaron Voros is out again.
The Garden will honor the Olympians during the first TV timeout.