New York Rangers
forward Marian Gaborik
will not play in Friday's game against the Minnesota Wild
, spoiling a reunion with the team he had played with for eight seasons.
Rangers coach John Tortorella announced after Friday morning's skate that Gaborik, slowed by a lower-body injury, would not play.
Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring this season with 10 goals and 8 assists. He suffered the injury Monday in a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes
. He did not play in the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the Islanders Wednesday night.
"It would be great (to play tonight), but I'm not going to be stupid to go when I won't be able to feel good," Gaborik told the team's Web site. "We'll see how it is in the morning."
Gaborik, who says that he suffered the injury in a collision with a Coyotes player near the Phoenix net late in Monday's contest, has not skated since. He skated Friday morning, but the Rangers erred on the side of caution.
"It feels better," Gaborik said. "It doesn't feel great, but it feels better. It's not that serious. I have to make sure I do the right thing and treat and take it day by day."