Robin Lehner rejoined the Islanders for practice on Wednesday after missing the past week with an upper-body injury.
Lehner suffered the injury in the Islanders 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on March 5, leaving the game in the third period after a collision with Brady Tkachuk. He'd skated on his own over the past week, but was a part of the team's regular practice on Wednesday.
"When you suspect any type of head injury, it's a process. You have to go through it," Lehner said. "It's been good. It's nice to be back, it sucks to be away from the guys at this time of the year. Just being around the guys and being around the team is a huge thing."
Video: Robin Lehner returns to practice
Lehner said he felt good and Head Coach Barry Trotz said the goalie could be a possibility to return to the lineup on Thursday, if the trainer's give the okay.
"He made it through practice," Trotz said. "I haven't talked to the trainers, if there's anything there, but I think Robin is real close."
The Islanders goalie is third in the NHL with a 2.19 GAA and is tied for fourth in the NHL - with teammate Thomas Greiss - with a .927 SV%. Lehner is 20-11-5 this season, making up an effective platoon with Greiss, who recorded his 20th win of the season on Monday.
BOYCHUK MISSES PRACTICE:
Johnny Boychuk was not on the ice for Wednesday's practice, his second straight absence since suffering an upper-body injury on Saturday night.
"He's getting better, but has not skated yet," Trotz said. "He's more day to day than anything. I wouldn't say he's week to week. He's just day to day, not today."
In Boychuk's absence, the Islanders kept their d-pairs intact from Monday's 2-0 win over Columbus.
GIBSON RETURNED TO BRIDGEPORT:
Christopher Gibson was returned on loan to Bridgeport. Gibson was an emergency recall by the Islanders on March 6, appearing in one period in relief of Thomas Greiss on Saturday. The 26-year-old goalie is 18-9-4 for the Sound Tigers this season, with a 2.89 GAA, a .900 SV% and a shutout.