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Isles Day to Day: Ladd and Komarov Available vs Maple Leafs

Andrew Ladd and Leo Komarov will be available to play vs Maple Leafs, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck practice

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com
LADD AND KOMAROV AVAILABLE VS MAPLE LEAFS:

Coach Trotz confirmed that both Andrew Ladd and Leo Komarov will also be available to play against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. 

Ladd rejoined the Isles after completing a conditioning stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Ladd was loaned to Bridgeport for conditioning on Nov. 2 and played five games with the Sound Tigers, recording one goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Belleville. Ladd is currently recovering from ACL surgery and hasn't played an NHL game since March 24. 

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Komarov has missed eight-straight games, as he's been out since Oct. 19 with an illness and neck injury. Through seven games this season, Komarov has three assists and is plus-two, while shifting between center and right wing. Komarov was activated off IR on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's always big [to get guys back in the lineup]," Josh Bailey said. "Those were key players in the lineup and key players in the room as well. They're welcomed back for sure. The other guys who have stepped in have done a great job for us and really contributed. That's all you can ask."

With forwards Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl still on IR, retroactive Oct. 25, with lower-body injuries, the Islanders have continued to rely on their character and 'next man up' mentality in the wake of injuries. 

"That's part of our whole philosophy here is; next man up," Bailey said. "Someone's got to come in and do their job. You've got to look at those things as opportunities for guys and not in a negative way. The guys that have come in have done a great job for us. That's going to have to continue."

The Isles also recalled Otto Koivula from Bridgeport on Monday morning. This marks Koivula's fifth recall from the Sound Tigers since Oct. 30, as he's come up in a precautionary role in case the Isles suffer any further injuries. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Cizikas and Clutterbuck are back after taking maintenance days on Sunday. Ladd joins the team after playing five games in Bridgeport. #Isles pic.twitter.com/FPciYax44f


CIZIKAS AND CLUTTERBUCK RETURN TO PRACTICE:

Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas returned to practice after taking maintenance days on Sunday. Cizikas' return was especially notable, as he missed the third period of Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers after blocking an Aaron Ekblad shot in the first period. 

Head Coach Barry Trotz confirmed that both Cizikas and Clutterbuck are "okay" and will be available to play against Toronto on Wednesday night.


Video: FLA@NYI: Eberle sprawls out to deny Connolly

EBERLE REFLECTS ON RETURN TO LINEUP SATURDAY:

Jordan Eberle returned to the Isles lineup on Saturday for the first time in 10 games after suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 12. Eberle resumed his right-wing spot alongside Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee. 

"I'm familiar playing with those two," Eberle said. "We've had some chemistry. It makes it easier when you're playing with two guys that you're used to."

During his 14:41 TOI, Eberle put up four shots and two blocks. Eberle was praised for his goal-line block during the second period in which the 29-year-old sprawled out on the backdoor to deny Brett Connolly from potentially evening up the score 1-1. 

"It was good for us," Trotz said. "We had stretched our lineup pretty good. [Eberle] is one of our more dynamic guys, so getting him back [was good]. He's got to shake some of the rust off. But getting them back in the fold is good."

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