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Isles Day to Day: Filppula Activated, Ho-Sang to Bridgeport

Valtteri Filppula is likely to return Tuesday, while Josh Ho-Sang is loaned to Bridgeport

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Valtteri Filppula was activated off injured reserve on Tuesday afternoon, clearing the way for a possible return to action against the Carolina Hurricanes. Filppula is officially a game-time decision per Head Coach Barry Trotz. 

The Islanders center missed two games with an upper-body, suffered on Dec. 31 against the Buffalo Sabres. Filppula has 19 points (9G, 10A) in 38 games this season. 

In a corresponding move, Josh Ho-Sang was loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Ho-Sang was recalled by the Islanders on Dec. 9 and played 10 games with the team. The 22-year-old scored his first goal of the season on Dec. 18 against Arizona. 

Ho-Sang had 22 points (2G, 20A) in 26 games with the Sound Tigers this season. 

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Isles Day to Day: Filppula, Hickey Skate

Valtteri Filppula and Thomas Hickey join the Isles for practice on Monday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Valtteri Filppula and Thomas Hickey both joined the Islanders during practice on Monday at Northwell Health Ice Center. Monday marked the return to a team skate for both of the Islanders injured players, though Hickey practiced in a non-contact jersey.

Filppula has been out since Dec. 31 with an upper-body injury, while Hickey has been out since Dec. 17, also with an upper-body injury. Both players are currently on IR and need to be activated prior to returning. 

"Obviously with Fil, he's a little more day to day, so we'll see where we are," Head Coach Barry Trotz said. "We're not making any decisions, we'll see where we are tomorrow and we'll make a decision if we need to tomorrow. If not, we'll probably go with a really similar lineup."

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Dal Colle On AHL All-Star, First Home Game

Michael Dal Colle calls all-star selection a "great honor," talks about playing first game in Toronto

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Michael Dal Colle was one of two Bridgeport Sound Tigers named to the AHL All-Star Classic on Thursday, along with defenseman Sebastian Aho. 

"It's definitely a big honor," Dal Colle said. "A lot of great players have played in that game, so be to named there with Sebastian Aho, it should be a fun experience and a great honor."

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Isles Day to Day: Filppula to IR, Eberle Activated

Valtteri Filppula (upper body) placed on retroactive IR, Jordan Eberle practices with Isles

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Jordan Eberle was activated off IR on Friday afternoon, paving the way for a return to action on Saturday night in St. Louis. 

Eberle had missed the Islanders four games since returning from the Christmas break with an upper-body injury, originally called stiffness. Eberle skated on the Isles top line with Anders Lee and Brock Nelson during Friday's practice at Northwell Health Ice Center. 

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Isles Day to Day: Eberle on IR, Dal Colle Recalled

Eberle out with an upper-body injury, Dal Colle earns second recall from Bridgeport

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

Jordan Eberle (upper body) was placed on injured reserve on Saturday, retroactive to Dec. 23. 

Eberle suffered the injury in the Isles 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars and has not skated with the team since returning from the NHL's Christmas break. 

In Eberle's absence, Michael Dal Colle was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dal Colle has scored a career-high, and team-leading, 16 goals this season for Bridgeport, including a torrid seven-goal week from Dec. 15-21.

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Isles Day to Day: Clutterbuck, Eberle Miss Practice

Thomas Hickey skates before practice, Johnny Boychuk returns after birth of third child

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

After three days off for the NHL's Christmas break, the New York Islanders were back at practice on Thursday morning. 

The Islanders are one of five teams off on Thursday, allowing a little more time to ease back into the NHL grind. Things pick back up on Friday when they kick off a back-to-back set that begins in Brooklyn vs Ottawa and ends on Saturday night in Toronto. 

Injury Updates: 

Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) did not practice with the team on Thursday, but did skate on his own. Barry Trotz said Clutterbuck, who left Sunday's game in the first period, will be re-evaluated and could rejoin the group on Friday.

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Isles Day to Day: Hickey on IR, Toews Recalled

Thomas Hickey placed on retroactive IR, Devon Toews earns first recall

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / NewYorkIslanders.com

The New York Islanders made a pair of transactions ahead of the NHL's roster freeze, which begins at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

Thomas Hickey (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 17, while Devon Toews was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

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Isles Day to Day: Ho-Sang Recalled From Bridgeport

Ho-Sang led Bridgeport in points, Christopher Gibson was returned on loan to Sound Tigers

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Josh Ho-Sang was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday morning. 

Ho-Sang had 22 points (2G, 20A) in 26 games for the Sound Tigers, leading the team in both assists and points. The Islanders 2014 first-round pick (28th overall) was second in the American Hockey League in assists at the time of his recall. Christopher Gibson was returned on loan to Bridgeport in a corresponding move. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Lehner Likely To Back Up Saturday

Robin Lehner practiced with the Isles after missing two games, likely to back up on Saturday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

After sitting out the previous two games with a tweak, Robin Lehner is likely to back up Thomas Greiss on Saturday night when the Islanders take on the Detroit Red Wings. 

Lehner joined the Islanders for the team's morning skate on Saturday, his first practice with the club since Monday. He was ruled out on Tuesday and Thursday's games, but took the ice after the Islanders morning skate in Pittsburgh. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Lehner DTD, Gibson Recalled, Gionta Loaned

Robin Lehner suffered a tweak, held out for precautionary reasons per Trotz

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Christopher Gibson was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, as Robin Lehner was ruled out for Tuesday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

Head Coach Barry Trotz said Lehner tweaked something, but the injury is not believed to be serious, or related to Lehner's ailment from late October/early November. 

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