The New York Rangers were again without their top sniper on Saturday night, as Marian Gaborik sat out of the contest against the Predators with a bout of the flu. The Rangers did manage to get the two points in the standings with a 2-1 win in the shootout, but with only one goal in regulation time, a dynamic player like Gaborik likely would have helped.
Gaborik has not seen the whole season with the Rangers, thanks to a shoulder injury at the start of the year and his hot start upon his return has since cooled down. In total, Gaborik has only picked up 4 goals and 6 assists in 12 games for the blueshirts, which is a way down from his expectation levels. Maybe the drive to return to the line-up will infuse Gaborik's game with some more intent to put the puck in the net.
In the draft this season, Gaborik belongs to Stuart G., who currently sits in 14th place, 31 points out of the money, which could have been closed up a little bit if Gaborik didn't miss that time at the start of the season. Stuart is the leader of the pack when it comes to the bottom-third of the standings, but has a 7-point gap to clear before he can get into the middle group. At this point, he will be picking 7th in the waiver draft, pending Sunday's action.
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