Marian Gaborik is battling flu-like symptoms, but hopes to be back in the lineup for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they take on the Washington Capitals tonight. The dynamic forward fought through the sickness against the Detroit Red Wings on October 15, but was too drained to go against the Montreal Canadiens two days later.
Gaborik, who played through flu symptoms on Tuesday in Detroit but missed Thursday’s game in Montreal, said he was feeling better. Will he play on Saturday?
“I think so, yeah,” Gaborik said. “It was good to get out there and skate. Hopefully I can stay the same tomorrow.”
Gaborik said he was “drained” from playing on Tuesday. “Hopefully I’m over the hump,” he said.
While it’s not set in stone that Gaborik will play, the Jackets can use all the help they can get on offense right now. They’d only scored one goal in back-to-back losses to the Boston Bruins and Wings, but managed three tallies in the contest with Montreal. They still dropped that game though, as they didn’t get the support they needed from Sergei Bobrovsky.
Despite missing the game against Detroit, Gaborik is still the leading scorer for the Jackets, and has averaged nearly 18 minutes of ice time through five games so far this season.