Marian Gaborik’s out, although, according to Steve Zipay and Andrew Gross, there is no plan to shut him down until the Olympics—so they’re obviously hoping he can play over the weekend. Slovakia is also hoping he can.
Chris Drury is doing an Erik Christensen—from fourth line to first line. The only difference is that when Christensen went to the first line, Gaborik was there. So the first line has a guy who was bought out (Prospal), a guy who was waived and claimed (Christensen) and a guy who makes $7 M (it should be $7.7M) to play on the fourth line and kill penalties.
You know what? I think the captain is going to have a good game under these circumstances.
Either Voros or Brashear will be de-prucha’d. No word on which of the dinged-up defensemen—apparently there were more than one—will play, or if Corey Potter gets the nod.
This is one of those should-wins that the Rangers don’t normally win. I think they will win it.