Center Clayton Keller, an A-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list, had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 3-1 victory against the Czech Republic on Wednesday in round robin play in the 2015 Five Nations Tournament at Patinoire de Monthey in Switzerland.
Keller assisted on a goal by Kieffer Bellows in the first period to give the United States a 1-0 lead. Bellows, the son of former NHL player Brian Bellows, is also an A-rated prospect on Central Scouting's September watch list.
Tavares took part in New York's optional morning skate, but coach Jack Capuano said he will not play. He missed the Islanders' 3-2 shootout loss at New Jersey on Saturday and their 2-1 home loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday with what Capuano said were flu-like symptoms.
"He got hit hard and couldn't recover for a few days," Capuano said. "He started to turn the corner in the last couple of days. We wanted to get him out of bed and get a little exercise, and we'll see how he is moving forward.
"He's been laid up there for a little while. We had people check on him. We had some more opinions, more check-ups, just tests, and everything was negative, which is good."
Neither team held a morning skate after the Capitals and Panthers each played Friday; Washington defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1, while Florida lost 3-1 to the Boston Bruins.
Grubauer gets the start after Braden Holtby made 29 saves against the Blue Jackets for his sixth win of the season. Grubauer made 19 saves to win his prior start, 7-4 against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 23.
"It was frustrating. Three games doesn't seem like much, but when you're sitting out it seems like a long time," Barrie told the Avalanche website after practice Monday. "It's kind of unfortunate that the stretch of games we had seemed to be spaced out a bit. It was definitely a long wait for me, so I'm excited to get back in there."