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Isles Day-to-Day: Greiss Misses Practice

Thomas Greiss was absent for Islanders practice on Sunday morning

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

After posting a 45-save shutout on Friday night, Thomas Greiss was absent for Islanders practice on Sunday morning. 

"He just tweaked something. We're going to have it looked at and make a final ruling here moving forward," Head Coach Doug Weight said. "We're prepared for anything. Obviously Bridgeport is close so if we need to do something for tomorrow we'll be fine."

Greiss appeared to have tweaked something late in the third period of Friday's 3-0 win over Carolina, but stayed in the game. If he can't dress for Monday's game the Islanders can call up either Christopher Gibson or Kristers Gudlevskis. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: A Big Week Ahead

The Islanders have three games this week with playoff implications

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

This is going to be a big week for the New York Islanders, who can go a long way in helping their playoff chances as they take on three Metropolitan Division rivals - and teams they're in direct competition with for a spot in the postseason.

The Islanders (60 points) take on the Columbus Blue Jackets (60 points) on Tuesday, the New York Rangers (59 points) on Thursday and the Carolina Hurricanes (61 points) Friday. As of Monday, Carolina holds the second wild card in the East and the four teams are separated by two points, meaning the Islanders have a chance to either make up ground against the teams they're battling with and/or push them down the ladder. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Boychuk Off IR

Boychuk taken off injured reserve ahead of Friday's game with Detroit

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

After missing 18 games with a lower-body injury, Johnny Boychuk was activated off injured reserve on Friday afternoon. 

Boychuk's activation comes as good news to a depleted Islanders' blue line that recently lost Scott Mayfield for at least four weeks and has been without Calvin de Haan since Dec. 16. His activation is a good sign that he'll return Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings, but Head Coach Doug Weight will release his lineup around 4:45 p.m.

Boychuk was placed on IR on Dec. 28, but has skated with the team since Jan. 19, during what was an up-and-down recovery according to Weight. In Boychuk, the Islanders are getting one of their top defensemen back, as Boychuk averages the second-most TOI on the team (20:40) and the most blocks per game (2.3). The 34-year-old has nine points (3G, 6A) in 34 games this season. 

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Carkner Comfortable in Coaching Role

The former Islanders defenseman is transitioning into a coach with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

by Cory Wright and Alan Fuehring NYIslanders / New York Islanders

As a player, if Matt Carkner saw a hit he didn't like on the ice, he'd be the first guy to go over and stand behind his teammate.

He knows that's not a reality now that he's an assistant coach for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but those protective instincts are hard to turn off.

"When I see a dirty hit these days, I throw my imaginary gloves up in the air," Carkner joked.

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Isles Day-to-Day: Mayfield Out 4 Weeks

Defenseman placed on IR with lower-body injury

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Scott Mayfield will miss at least four weeks with a lower-body injury, according to Head Coach Doug Weight. 

Mayfield left Monday's game in the first period after blocking a P.K. Subban slap shot and was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday afternoon, retroactive to Feb. 5. Weight said four weeks was likely the minimum, meaning the earliest he'd likely be back is early-to-mid March.

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Isles Respond With Hard Practice After Tough Video Session

The Islanders shuffle lines at Friday's practice

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Instead of throwing away the tape after the New York Islanders shutout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Head Coach Doug Weight sat down and watched it twice. Then he made the team watch it. 

After back-to-back losses to Florida and Toronto, Weight held a blunt video session on Friday before putting the Islanders through a long and intense practice. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Ladd Activated, Prince Placed on IR

Shane Prince placed on IR retroactive to Jan. 18

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

One day after getting Casey Cizikas back, the Islanders got more good news from the trainer's room, as Andrew Ladd was activated off injured reserve on Wednesday afternoon. 

Ladd, who has 18 points (9G, 9A) in 42 games had missed nine games with an upper-body injury, which he suffered on Jan. 5 against Pittsburgh. The Islanders winger took part in a pair of team skates earlier this week, practicing on Monday while taking morning skate on Tuesday. He seems likely to play on Wednesday night, with Head Coach Doug Weight announcing his lineup around 5:20 p.m. 

UPDATE: Ladd is back in against the Leafs and will play with Brock Nelson and Jason Chimera on the third line. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Ladd Practices

Andrew Ladd skates as the Islanders reconvene after all-star break

by Yali Cohen NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Andrew Ladd (upper body) was back on the ice on Monday, his first time back practicing with the team since suffering an injury on Jan. 5. 

"I think it's great to see them out there and battling," head coach Doug Weight said. "Ladder wasn't planning on playing most of the practice, but he stayed in there, so did Johnny [Boychuk], so it's exciting for me to see them out there working."

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Isles Day-to-Day: Fritz, Dal Colle, Johnston Loaned

Three forwards were loaned to Bridgeport on Friday morning

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Michael Dal Colle, Tanner Fritz and Ross Johnston were loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday morning. 

With the Islanders off for the NHL all-star break, the move gives Fritz, Dal Colle and Johnston a chance to play another game, as the Sound Tigers play in Springfield on Friday and host the Hershey Bears on Saturday night in Bridgeport. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Boychuk, Cizikas Practice; Prince Hurt

Boychuk and Cizikas expected to join Islanders on road trip, Prince will stay home

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Johnny Boychuk and Casey Cizikas took positive steps in their recoveries on Friday, participating in the Islanders practice before joining the team on their three-game Western road trip.

Head Coach Doug Weight said it's unlikely that either will suit up for the first game or two of the Chicago-Arizona-Vegas swing, but felt there were benefits to having them take part in practices and team skates. 

"You measure whether it's beneficial to get some good skates in and I think they're both really coming around," Weight said. "I don't think they'll be threatening to play in the first game or two, they have to get back into shape, but it'll be a good test for them to get out there every day and work."

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