Gaborik has been limited to 18 games this season, one since Nov. 14. He returned from a knee injury Dec. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers but suffered a broken collarbone in the first period while setting up Ryan Johansen's goal and has been out since.
Gaborik, acquired by the Blue Jackets from the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, has five goals and 12 points this season.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday