Nikolay Kulemin joined the Islanders for practice in Raleigh on Wednesday, his first practice since being sidelined since March 24 with an upper-body injury.
"He's a big, important piece and we'll see how he feels," Interim Coach Doug Weight said. "He did a lot of work yesterday, he's going to skate today a little bit and we'll get a report on him tonight/tomorrow morning and see how he's doing. He's here for a reason obviously."
With Kulemin, John Tavares, Ryan Strome and Casey Cizikas out, the Islanders played with 11 forwards in Tuesday's win in Nashville. Kulemin's return would fill the forward spot for the Islanders, as well as return one of the team's more-used penalty killers to the lineup.
Weight will provide an update on Thursday, likely during morning skate. Check for morning skate updates and follow @NYIslanders on Twitter for the latest updates.