Dennis Seidenberg returned to the Islanders lineup on Thursday against the Washington Capitals - on German Heritage Night no less.
Seidenberg, who missed seven games with an upper-body injury, returned with a protective faceguard against the Capitals. The veteran defenseman slid back into his normal role, playing 19:19 with two hits and three blocked shots alongside Calvin de Haan, his regular D partner.
Seidenberg was strong on the body and was quick on the puck, pinning Nicklas Backstrom up against the boards early in the second period and breaking up a one-timer pass to Alex Ovechkin on a late power play.
While Seidenberg came off IR on Thursday, Adam Pelech (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 28.