Marian Gaborik (via Streamable)
Los Angeles’ Marian Gaborik was forced out of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers after colliding with Dominic Moore. Gaborik, 33, has 12 goals and 22 points in 53 games this season.
With a six-point lead atop the Pacific Division, Los Angeles is all but certain to end up in the post-season. Really, the only concern was whether or not the Kings could stay healthy en route to the playoffs. It appears the Kings have hit their first bump in that road Friday night against the New York Rangers.
Late in the first period, Marian Gaborik was backchecking while Rangers center Dominic Moore attempted to chip the puck into the Kings’ zone. In an attempt to stay onside, Moore slowed up which resulted in Gaborik colliding knee-on-knee with Moore. Gaborik was spilled to the ice and remained down for a few moments before skating gingerly off the ice:
Soon after Gaborik returned to the bench, he was taken back to the dressing room. Before the second period began, the Kings announced, via the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman, that Gaborik was not expected to return to the contest.
Gaborik, who had scored earlier in the contest, is a big loss for the Kings. While he’s not the 40-goal scorer he once was, the 33-year-old is still a tremendous threat. His 12 goals and 22 points are solid contributions, and if he’s out for longer than a few weeks it could impact the Kings down the stretch. He’s no stranger to knee injuries, either, as he missed 17 games from November to December 2013 thanks to a knee sprain.
Should Gaborik miss time beyond the regular season, too, it would be a serious blow to the Kings. While they have the offense to keep them afloat, Gaborik was a near point-per-game player during Los Angeles’ 2013-14 Stanley Cup run with 14 goals and 22 points in 26 games.