Jordan Eberle missed practice on Friday morning at Sharks ICE in San Jose, sitting out after taking a big hit during Thursday's skate. Head Coach Doug Weight is waiting for an update on his top line winger and while he doesn't think it's a long-term injury, his status for Saturday's game is up in the air.
"I don't know what the prognosis is, I don't think it's anything long term," Weight said. "It could certainly be a couple of days, or he could be in tomorrow. We'll find out later today."
With Eberle absent, Weight had to shuffle his lines. Josh Bailey skated with John Tavares and Anders Lee, reuniting the Islanders top line from last season. Bailey (56 points) and Lee (34 goals) both had career years playing alongside Tavares. Mathew Barzal practiced with the top power-play unit on Friday and could be back with the top unit if Eberle is out.
"Hopefully Ebs is in good shape and ready to play, but obviously I've played with those two guys quite a bit in the past, so it really won't be any adjustment," Bailey said.
Cal Clutterbuck and Alan Quine were both full participants in Friday's practice. Quine, who took battle drills on Friday, was the extra center on a line with Anthony Beauvillier, Barzal and Jason Chimera, while Clutterbuck skated with usual line mates Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin.
Weight said he expects Clutterbuck, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, to play on Saturday.
"I would expect to see Clutterbuck in the lineup," Weight said. "Last year was a rough year for Cal getting injured. I'm glad he took a couple of extra days because this is one of those nagging areas and I need him to be not in-and-out [of the lineup], but that stellar piece of our lineup that he was two years ago. The only way he can do that is to be healthy, so I'm excited that he's feeling good."
The coach also said Quine, who was placed on IR with an upper-body injury on Sept. 12, is getting close to being healthy.
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