Gaborik Takes On New Role To Avoid Bad Record

Gaborik is amidst a 7-game goalless streak (Getty Images)

Marion Gaborik is one game away from tying his own record. Unfortunately, not something we’re looking forward to, at all.

Gabby hasn’t scored a goal since January 24th against the Capitals. He’s one game away from tying his own 8-game streak that he endured in January that ended on the night of the 7-0 romp on Toronto. It’s not that he’s been completely unproductive, because in the past seven games Gabby has been averaging one solid assist per game.  He managed two separate 3-game assist streaks and has one currently active.  Of course this goalless streak and record is something we don’t want to see any part of.

In an attempt to halt this streak this very hot second, head coach John Tortorella decided to add Gaborik to the penalty kill unit. Gabby logged a season-high 2:06 of short-handed ice time as the Rangers’ penalty kill was 5-for-6 against the Penguins on Sunday. He also got another minute plus against the Thrashers last Friday.

“I think it helps his game,” Tortorella said. “I like using offensive people killing penalties. It’s just been a little bit of a battle as we’ve gone through here with Gabby but we’re trying to get him more shifts that way. We’re trying to get him to grow and we’re trying to get him some more ice time.”

Expect to see more ice time given to Gabby in order to get more production out of the $7 million dollar sharpshooter.

Other Notes: Wojtek Wolski is doubtful to play tonight against the Los Angeles Kings due to a rib injury he received against the Penguins on Sunday. On the other hand, Michael Del Zotto is questionable for tonight’s game and is apparently a coaches’ decision. He’s not injured but was held out of the game against the Penguins for “rest”, so we’ll only have to wait and see if he’ll play tonight.

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