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Okposo a late scratch for Islanders

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 7:21 PM

By Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Okposo a late scratch for Islanders

TAMPA -- Forward Kyle Okposo, the New York Islanders' leading scorer, was a late scratch Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a lower-body injury.

Kyle Okposo
Right Wing - NYI
GOALS: 27 | ASST: 42 | PTS: 69
SOG: 195 | +/-: -9
Okposo appeared to be slowed by the injury during the Islanders' 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. However, coach Jack Capuano said after the morning skate that he would dress the same 12 forwards, including Okposo, that played against Carolina.

The 25-year-old leads the Islanders with 27 goals and 69 points. Both totals are career highs.

The Islanders recalled forward John Persson for Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. He arrived during pregame warm-ups, and the team said he will dress and make his NHL debut.

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