Saturday, March 5, 2011

Gaborik Skates For Fourth Straight Day, Could/Should He Play Vs Philly?

The New York Rangers had the day off as a team, but according to Jesse Spector of the Blueshirts Blog, star forward Marian Gaborik skated for the fourth straight day in his attempt to come back from a concussion.  There is no official word on whether Gaborik will play tomorrow against the Flyers, but coach John Tortorella did tell Sam Rosen yesterday that it was possible he could play if he had no setbacks between yesterday and tomorrow. 

As much as this team needs him and his skill in the lineup, rushing him back too soon would be a mistake, especially with how easy it is to sustain another concussion.  I would definitely hold him out tomorrow against a very physical team like Philadelphia and maybe even the road  trip to the West coast next week, but that likely wont happen unless there is a setback.

Ryan McDonagh is also questionable to return tomorrow after wrenching his knee on Thursday and being forced to miss the game last night, but the discussion around McDonagh and his recovery last night leads me to think he might be in the lineup tomorrow.  If he is, then it should be Matt Gilroy and not Steve Eminger that spends the afternoon in the press box.