Los Angeles Kings winger Marian Gaborik isn’t playing against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. That much we know.
What, exactly, is bothering him isn’t totally clear.
GM Dean Lombardi apparently told the OC Register’s Rich Hammond that he might be sick. Meanwhile someone in hockey operations told LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen that it’s a minor injury.
The good news – maybe the only really clear news – is that it doesn’t sound like a significant issue.
Let’s be honest, though, really. The Kings probably could have gotten away with announcing “Marian Gaborik is out with being Marian Gaborik” and most people would understand.
Update: The verdict seems to be an upper-body injury:
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Corey Crawford will make his 14th straight start Saturday night as the Chicago Blackhawks look to wrap up their six-game circus trip (4-1-0) with their third straight win. Crawford is 6-3-0 with a 2.74 GAA and .906 save percentage in nine career regular season games against the L.A. Kings. Chicago has provided its’ goaltenders with 25 goals for in the past six games.
At the other end, Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start against the Blackhawks. Quick has struggled against Chicago posting a 6-12-1 record to go along with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 19 games
Capitals at Leafs: Justin Peters vs. Jonathan Bernier
Sabres at Canadiens: Jhonas Enroth vs. Dustin Tokarski
Senators at Lightning: Robin Lehner vs. Ben Bishop
Devils at Islanders: Cory Schneider vs. Jaroslav Halak
Penguins at Hurricanes: Thomas Greiss vs. Anton Khudobin
Blues at Wild: Jake Allen vs. Niklas Backstrom
Jackets at Predators: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Pekka Rinne
Stars at Avalanche: Anders Lindback vs. Calvin Pickard
Flames at Coyotes: Karri Ramo vs. Devan Dubnyk
Ducks at Sharks: Frederik Andersen vs. Antti Niemi
The Vancouver Canucks’ Derek Dorsett tried to deliver a big hit into the boards to Columbus forward Brian Gibbons, but he missed his target entirely and ended up tumbling head first into the Blue Jackets’ bench.
Here’s the blooper reel worthy moment:
It was a familiar place for Dorsett as he was originally drafted by Columbus in 2006. He was shipped to the New York Rangers in 2013 as part of the Marian Gaborik trade and was dealt to the Canucks approximately 14 months later in exchange for a third-round 2014 draft pick (Keegan Iverson).
Dorsett still comes to Columbus over the summer.
“I fell in love with the city,” Dorsett recently told the Vancouver Sun. “It’s a big city, but it has a small-town feel. It’s not like there is a big downtown where’s it’s rush hour all the time. It takes 20 minutes to get anywhere in the city from downtown. People are real nice and friendly, mid-western folks. It’s got everything you need.”
Given that, his brief visit makes perfect sense.
The Boston Bruins would like to add some “heaviness” to their lineup, GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters today.
From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:
No huge surprise to hear that. When the Bruins went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013, they had players like Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, Shawn Thornton, and Johnny Boychuk. All four of those players, since departed, brought size and strength to Boston’s lineup.
While the B’s aren’t exactly a bunch of pipsqueaks now, they did intentionally go into the season with more speed and skill up front, and there’s a feeling they’ve lost that “big, bad” identity that accompanied their rise into the elite category of NHL teams. On Boston’s current active roster, only four forwards are listed at 200 pounds or more — Milan Lucic (235), Carl Soderberg (216), Matt Fraser (204), and Daniel Paille (200).
In yesterday’s mailbag, Haggerty suggested Columbus forward Nick Foligno (210 pounds) as a potential target for Chiarelli.
We’ll suggest another one, courtesy TSN’s Bob McKenzie — Jordan Nolan (221 pounds) of the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL insider Bob McKenzie breaks down the latest news out of the NHL, including contract negotiations between the Kings and Alec Martinez, Martin St. Louis facing his former team and more.