Gorges skated as the seventh defenseman Thursday. Gorges played 15:15 at the Winter Classic and registered two hits and a blocked shot after sitting out the previous two games. It looks like he'll be the odd-man out again Thursday against Minnesota, with Justin Falk drawing into the lineup instead. Gorges' lack of speed is hurting his ability to keep up and be effective, and at this point of his career he is nothing more than a third-pairing defenseman.
Gorges will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Penguins. Gorges reportedly will replace Victor Antipin, as coach Phil Housley looks to bring a more physical defender in against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Still, there's nothing to look at here from a fantasy perspective, as Gorges has been held without a point through 11 games.
Gorges will be in the lineup versus the Canadiens on Saturday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. It's been a long time coming for Gorges due to a lower-body injury that shelved him for nine straight contests. He'll reportedly sub in for Victor Antipin in the upcoming game, adding a physical, shot-blocking presence in front of backup Chad Johnson.
Gorges (lower body) has been cleared to play, but he won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Panthers. Gorges was a healthy scratch for the Sabres' first three games of the campaign, so it's not exactly surprising to see head coach Phil Housley rolling with alternative options at defense Friday. The 33-year-old blueliner's next opportunity to return to the lineup will come Saturday against Montreal.
Gorges (lower body) took part in Thursday's practice. Gorges also practiced on Tuesday, and after missing the past eight games, seems set to return Friday against Florida. The veteran defender sat out the first three games of the season as a healthy scratch before drawing into the lineup and impressed the coaching staff during a four-game stretch before getting hurt. Injuries are not new to Gorges, who's only played a full 82-game schedule just once in his career, but his presence should help stabilize a young defensive corps that's been ravaged by injury. His very limited offense leaves him with very little fantasy value except for leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
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