Marian Gaborik will miss his fifth straight game tonight when the Rangers host his former team, the Wild, looking to salvage the final game of this three-game homestand.

Meanwhile, All-Star defenseman Marc Staal (left knee) and left wing Ruslan Fedotenko (left shoulder) were hopeful they could play tonight after participating in Wednesday's practice.

But Gaborik, speaking publicly Wednesday for the first time since it was disclosed he had suffered a concussion, is cautiously optimistic he won't be far behind.

The slumping Rangers, still in seventh place in the Eastern Conference but just one point ahead of eighth-place Carolina and three up on ninth-place Buffalo, are at Ottawa on Friday and host the Flyers on Sunday.

"I wasn't out there for a good week or so but my legs were pretty good," Gaborik said after participating in a practice for the first time since leaving after the first period of a 4-2 loss to the Flyers on Feb. 20 when he complained he wasn't able to concentrate.

"It's probably a day or so with no headaches," added Gaborik, who will miss playing the Wild for the second time in three opportunities since leaving them for a five-year $37.5 million deal. "But the last time I skated [on Friday] I felt pretty good but it got worse afterwards. I'm hopeful. I'm looking forward to feeling better."