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Isles Day to Day: Komarov, Eberle and Leddy Practice

Three injured Islanders regulars returned to practice on Friday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Isles Practice: Reinforcements

Isles Practice: Reinforcements

Veteran players Jordan Eberle and Leo Komarov return to practice as the Islanders prepare for Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers.

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Three regulars rejoined the New York Islanders at Friday's practice, as Leo Komarov, Jordan Eberle and Nick Leddy all skated with the team. 

Komarov, who has been out with an illness and a neck injury since Oct. 19, participated in his first practice with the team in three weeks. 

"It took a little bit longer time than I expected it to," Komarov said. "I feel good now. I've skated for a while here, just need to get back in shape and I'll be good." 

Eberle, out since Oct. 12 with a lower-body injury, and Leddy, out since Nov. 1 with a lower-body injury, had both participated in the team's optional morning skate on Thursday, albiet without contact. Both players sported regular practice jerseys at Friday's session and were cleared for contact. 

"You get back to skate with the guys and you feel like part of the team, which is nice," Eberle said. "The guys have been on a good run, so it's nice to feel their energy and get back to game shape. Feeling pretty good and hoping to get in soon."

Head Coach Barry Trotz said there was a possibility of seeing any one of the three in warmups for Saturday's 1 p.m. game against Florida, but Trotz didn't offer any concrete timeline. 

Regardless, the presence and prospective returns of Komarov, Eberle and Leddy is welcome news who are also dealing with injuries to Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl. While undermanned, the Isles have gotten contributions from call-ups like Cole Bardreau, Oliver Wahlstrom and players like Ross Johnston, who helped the Isles put together 10 straight wins and their current 11-game point streak. 

LEE AND CIZIKAS TAKE MAINTENANCE DAYS:

Captain Anders Lee and center Casey Cizikas took maintenance days on Friday. Komarov took Cizikas' spot between Michael Dal Colle and Cal Clutterbuck, while Eberle assumed Lee's place on the left side of the top line, rather than his usual spot on the right side. 

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