Saturday update: Gaborik good to go; Zidlicky hurt

Posted on March 21st, 2009 – 12:54 PM
By Brian Stensaas

Good Saturday afternoon to you all. Stensaas here with an update from today’s practice at Parade Ice Garden.

Obviously every media member there today was interested in one Mr. Marian Gaborik. And the verdict is in: He’s feeling well and has again declared himself ready to go for tomorrow’s game against Edmonton. Gaborik today skated on a line with Stephane Veilleux and Eric Belanger. Coach Jacques Lemaire, though, said he has yet to sit down formally with Gaborik – so he not only doesn’t know for sure what line combination he’ll use against the Oilers, but he isn’t 100% sure Gaborik will even play.

There has been so much hype – and this team needs any spark it can get right now – that I’ll say this: If Gaborik for some reason is NOT in against Edmonton, it’ll be the equivalent of a 16 seed defeating a 1 in the NCAA tournament. (Sorry, had to get some March Madness in here, even though my bracket is all but shot. Yours?).

Other lines from today:
Brunette-Koivu-Miettinen
Bouchard-Sheppard-Nolan
Boogaard-Olvecky-Clutterbuck
Gillies-Fritsche-Weller

Absent from practice, by the way, was defenseman Marek Zidlicky. He’s listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, according to a team spokesman. We’ll hope for an update before the game tomorrow.

Finally, to steal a bit from a certain national sports magazine, here is your sign of the apocalypse: Seen signing an autograph today was none other than radio extraordinaire Kevin Falness. Wonder what the starting bid is on e-Bay??

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