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NHL Notes: Rangers get Gaborik back

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

The New York Rangers will have one of their injured stars back in the lineup Thursday.

Marian Gaborik announced Wednesday on the Rangers' web site he was "good to go" against the Buffalo Sabres at MSG. He missed 12 games with a separated shoulder.

"It's feeling confident enough and comfortable enough to jump back into things, and after today I feel that way," Gaborik said. "It's been awhile since I played and I am very anxious to get back in there."

Gaborik, the Rangers leading scorer last season, had two assists in three games before getting hurt.

Defenceman Michal Rozsival will not play against the Sabres.

Coach John Tortorella said after practice Wednesday that Rozsival has a "bad shoulder" and will miss the next seven to 10 days. Tortorella added that Rozsival's injury isn't serious enough to require surgery.

Brodeur out again

With a bruised elbow still not healed enough, New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur sat out his second game Wednesday.

Brodeur has not skated with the Devils since he was injured Nov. 3 in Chicago.

Johan Hedberg started against the Sabres in place of Brodeur while backup Mike McKenna was recalled on an emergency basis from Albany of the AHL.

The Devils got some good news about injured forward Brian Rolston, though. Rolston, who has missed 14 games after having sports hernia surgery, is targetting Friday's home game against Edmonton for his return.

Ducks sent down

The Anaheim Ducks shook up their roster Wednesday, sending three players to the minors while recalling defenceman Luca Sbisa.

Wingers Matt Beleskey and Dan Sexton, as well as defenceman Danny Syvret were all reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. Beleskey (concussion) and Sexton (broken nose) are both coming off injuries while Syvret played in just six games after being called up from Syracuse Oct. 19.

This is the second stint in Anaheim this season for Sbisa, a former first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers. He played two games with the Ducks last month.

Bliznak gets call

Centre Mario Bliznak was called up by the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday and could make his NHL season debut Thursday in Ottawa.

Bliznak, a 23-year-old from Trencin, Slovakia, has one goal and three assists in 13 games with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. He played two games with the Canucks in 2009-10.

Defenceman Kevin Bieksa might not be available Thursday due to the flu. If Bieksa can't play, Keith Ballard, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career Tuesday in Montreal, could be back in the lineup.

Quick hits

With Chuck Kobasew and Guillaume Latendresse at home in Minnesota with lower-body injuries, the Wild recalled forward Cody Almond from Houston of the AHL. Almond will join the Wild in Atlanta and could be in the lineup Thursday ... San Jose captain Joe Thornton returns from a two-game suspension Thursday against the Islanders ... Injured Flyers Michael Leighton (back) and Matt Walker (hip) practised Wednesday. Both are coming off surgery in October and won't be ready for game action any time soon.


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