Marian Gaborik had played in 99 consecutive games heading into last night’s contest against the New York Rangers. He scored midway through the first period to give the L.A. Kings the 2-0 lead, but was forced to leave later in the frame due to an apparent knee injury.
He was tracking the puck across his offensive blue line, but made what appeared to be incidental contact with Rangers forward Dominic Moore. Here’s a look at the play.
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Gaborik was able to skate off under his own power, but was clearly in pain while sitting on Los Angeles’ bench. He was helped to the locker room shortly thereafter, and wasn’t able to return for the Kings’ eventual 5-4 overtime win. The L.A. Times reported last night that the veteran would be heading back to California for further evaluation.
The team has placed Gaborik on the IR after that evaluation.
Per Kings, Marian Gaborik on IR
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It’s unclear at this juncture just how much time he will miss. The oft-injured 33-year-old has played in every game for the Kings this season, but will see that streak snapped when they square off with the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night.
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2000, Gaborik has 12 goals and 10 assists for the Kings through 54 contests in 2015-16. Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times also reported that the team won’t be recalling anyone to replace the injured winger, as they are already carrying two extra forwards at this time.
What are your thoughts on this injury, Kings fans? Gaborik was just starting to heat up and he could potentially miss some time with this injury. Is this something you’d like to see L.A. address ahead of the deadline? Or should the team simply await his return? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know what you think.