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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.