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Okposo back for Islanders against Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 2:07 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Okposo back for Islanders against Maple Leafs

The New York Islanders will have forward Kyle Okposo available when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, TSN).

Okposo missed the Islanders' game Monday against the Dallas Stars to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's daughter, Elliana.

While the Islanders didn't miss him much in their 7-3 win against the Stars, it's certainly nice to have a player second on the club in goals (16) and points (42) back in the lineup.

Here are the lineups each team likely will use Tuesday:

ISLANDERS

Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Brock Nelson - Ryan Strome - Colin McDonald

Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Cal Clutterbuck

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Peter Regin

Brian Strait - Andrew MacDonald

Matt Donovan - Thomas Hickey

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic

Kevin Poulin

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Josh Bailey, Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner, Brian Strait

Injured: Evgeni Nabokov (lower body); Radek Martinek (back); Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion)

MAPLE LEAFS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul

Jerry D'Amigo - Jay McClement - Nikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLaren - Peter Holland - Colton Orr

Tim Gleason - Dion Phaneuf

Cody Franson - Jake Gardiner

Morgan Rielly - Paul Ranger

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

Scratched: Troy Bodie, Mason Raymond, Jerred Smithson, Mark Fraser

injured: Dave Bolland (ankle); Trevor Smith (hand); Carl Gunnarsson (upper body); David Clarkson (foot)

Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp