Gaborik has missed the past 17 games with a sprained knee. He has five goals and six assists in 17 games this season. In 786 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, he has 341 goals, 344 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-91. He has scored 40 or more goals in a season three times.
Wisniewski has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury. He leads all Columbus defencemen in scoring with two goals and 16 assists. In 435 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Montreal, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, he has 40 goals and 167 assists.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres