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Five that can pick up the slack

Updated: October 30, 2008, 2:52 PM ET
By John Pereira

Although they were missing Marian Gaborik for the sixth straight game due to injury, the surprising Minnesota Wild lost for just the first time in regulation this season, a 4-2 decision to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Minnesota remains mum on the subject of Gaborik's puzzling absence, saying only that it's a lower-body injury. We can expect the team to continue to play it safe and rest their superstar due to his history of injury; so it is unlikely that he plays Thursday against Montreal ...

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