"I feel good. That's the plan," Gaborik said Friday. "So … I'll have the morning skate and go from there. I should be good to go."
Maybe not so fast. Coach
Why the holdup? "He hasn't played in nine weeks," Sutter said. "The player has to really tell you he's ready and the coaching staff has to think that way, too."
Gaborik said he'd like to see the World Cup staged again, even though he — and a few other players — were injured during the tournament. Team Europe, comprised of players from relatively small hockey nations, surprisingly made it to the tournament final but lost to Canada.
"I think it was great for hockey. I thought it was great for fans, too," he said. "Guys got hurt. I got hurt. It's unfortunate but it's just our sport. You never know what's going to happen. You don't think about getting hurt and you go out and play and represent your country or, myself, Team Europe. I think it was a great experience, other than getting hurt, obviously."
What's his line?
Sutter wasn't exactly forthcoming when asked why Anze Kopitar was at left wing instead of center during most of Friday's practice, alongside
"We practice whichever way we want. We just don't have to give information to the other team through you so we make it up as we go along," Sutter said.
Sutter did say he might use Kopitar with two different sets of wingers, at least until he's more confident that Kopitar is "back on his game."
When: Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 790.