Tom Kuhnhackl was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday morning, as he took another step towards returning to the New York Islanders.
Kuhnhackl, who has been out since Oct. 25 with a lower-body injury, was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) and loaned to the Sound Tigers on Dec. 5. The 27-year-old forward recorded two assists in four games in Bridgeport, his first game action since suffering the injury.
Video: NYI Practice: Tom Kuhnhackl
Head Coach Barry Trotz said he hasn't determined Kuhnhackl's status for Tuesday's game against Nashville, but the winger will be in the mix now that he's back on Long Island.
"We'll probably decide that more tomorrow," Trotz said. "I'll see how it is. I think he had it tested pretty good in Bridgeport and he looked fine today. We'll make a decision on that, but he'll be in the mix real quick here."
Kuhnhackl has appeared in six games for the Islanders this season.
DAL COLLE IS DAY TO DAY WITH UPPER-BODY INJURY:
Michael Dal Colle was absent from Monday's practice and is considered day to day with an upper-body injury, which he suffered in Saturday's 3-2 OT win over the Buffalo Sabres.
"Day to day. I don't think it'll be something that's a weekly thing," Trotz said.
Dal Colle has four points (2G, 2A) in 26 games this season. Leo Komarov practiced in Dal Colle's place alongside Brock Nelson and Anthony Beauvillier at Monday's practice.
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