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At the Skate: Wednesday, January 19

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
At practice Wednesday morning, it was the first time the media was able to watch Kyle Okposo get in on some physical action - as he shed the yellow "no-contact" practice jersey and sported a white jersey, playing on the same line as Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner.


Jack Capuano said that Nielsen, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, is questionable and will a decision will be made between now and game-time on Thursday.

Right now, it looks like Rob Schremp will be the extra center.

Practice Lines:
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 15 PA Parenteau
57 Blake Comeau – 12 Josh Bailey – 37 Jeremy Colliton
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin – 28 Zenon Konopka – 14 Trevor Gillies
44 Rob Schremp

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 36 Travis Hamonic
24 Radek Martinek – 38 Jack Hillen
8 Bruno Gervais – 42 Dylan Reese

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
52 Nathan Lawson

*Rick DiPietro did not practice because he was not feeling well.
*Milan Jurcina did not skate. He is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Video

Grabner talks about preparing for the Honda NHL SuperSkills Competition:



Photos From the Day

Interim head coach Jack Capuano gave Kyle Okposo some one-on-one instruction during practice at Nassau Coliseum
Islanders Matt Moulson, John Tavares and PA Parenteau practice at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Islanders practice at Nassau Coliseum
The Islanders players take a knee while learning a new drill during practice at Nassau Coliseum
Islanders Matt Martin, Zenon Konopka and Rob Schremp practice at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Islanders Michael Grabner, Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic in the middle of a drill at Nassau Coliseum
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