Nikolay Kulemin returns to the Islanders lineup on Saturday, rejoining the team after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. He will replace Connor Jones, who had played in three straight games for the Islanders.
Kulemin last played on Mar. 24 against the Penguins and is coming back at a critical juncture for the team. The Islanders need to win their final two games of the season to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs, as they'd need Toronto to lose their last two games. With Kulemin returning, the Islanders get a veteran presence in the lineup, as well as one of their top penalty-killing forwards.
Kulemin has 12 goals and 10 assists this season.