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Isles Day-to-Day: Cizikas, Ladd and Martin on IR

Michael Dal Colle and Stephen Gionta recalled from Bridgeport on Thursday

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Casey Cizikas, Andrew Ladd and Matt Martin were placed on injured reserve on Thursday morning. 

Cizikas (lower body) is expected to miss two or three weeks, while Ladd (lower body) is out indefinitely. Both players were placed on IR retroactive to Nov. 13. Martin was placed on IR retroactive to Nov. 1, as he continues his recovery from a upper-body injury. 

As a result, Michael Dal Colle and Stephen Gionta were recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Martin Returns To Practice

Andrew Ladd and Casey Cizikas absent from practice as Martin takes step forward in recovery

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Matt Martin took another step forward in his recovery from an upper-body injury, as he rejoined the Islanders at Wednesday's practice, his first full practice with the team since suffering his injury on Nov. 1. 

While practicing marked progress for Martin, Barry Trotz ruled the Isles winger out of Thursday's game against the New York Rangers. 

Andrew Ladd and Casey Cizikas were both absent from Wednesday's practice. Ladd left Tuesday's 5-2 win over Vancouver with a lower-body injury while Cizikas' ailment was undisclosed. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Fresh Lines in Florida

Barry Trotz tinkered with the Isles lines and power-play units at Friday's practice

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Barry Trotz tried some new line combinations at Friday's practice in Sunrise, FL, putting Mathew Barzal between Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, putting Brock Nelson on a line with Jordan Eberle and Tom Kuhnhackl, and Anthony Beauvillier with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. 

Valtteri Filppula and Adam Pelech also practiced with the Islanders second power-play unit, replacing Beauvillier and Johnny Boychuk, respectively. 

Trotz did not commit to using the new line combinations or power-play units for Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers, but wanted to see a different look, as the Isles look to snap a two-game winless streak and spark their power play. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Eberle and Martin Miss Practice

Eberle expected to return Thursday, Martin not on Isles trip to Florida

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Matt Martin (upper body) and Jordan Eberle (maintenance day) were absent from Wednesday's practice at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, as the team arrived a day early for their game Thursday vs the Lightning. 

Eberle is expected to return for Thursday's contest, but Martin, who has missed two straight games, did not make the trip and is still considered day-to-day. 

Tom Kuhnhackl skated in Eberle's place alongside Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier during the opening line rushes on Wednesday, while Ross Johnston continued to skate in Martin's place on the fourth line. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Lehner Returns to Practice

Isles goalie returns to practice, status not set for Saturday's game vs New Jersey

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Robin Lehner was back at practice on Friday afternoon, skating for the first time with the team since leaving Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh with a strain. 

"[I feel] pretty good. Good day today," Lehner said. "I just felt something in my back [on Tuesday] and it kind of started spasming a bit. We've been working on it and it definitely feels better." 

Christopher Gibson, who was an emergency recall on Wednesday, stayed on the ice for practice on Friday, as Barry Trotz said he'll make a decision on Lehner's status on Saturday. 

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

Tom Kuhnhackl loaned to Bridgeport, Cal Clutterbuck nearing return

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Robin Lehner was absent from Wednesday's practice and is considered day-to-day with a strain according to Head Coach Barry Trotz. 

Lehner (4-2-1, 2.45 GAA, .928 SV%) left Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins after the second period and did not return. Christopher Gibson was an emergency recall on Wednesday and filled in at practice. Gibson is 3-3-0 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season.

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Isles Day-to-Day: Beauvillier, Barzal and Eberle Reunite

Barry Trotz reunited Beauvillier, Barzal and Eberle at Friday's practice

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

In an effort to unlock more offense from his top-six, Barry Trotz may take a page from the Islanders 2017-18 playbook. 

Trotz reunited Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle at Friday's practice, a trio that was highly effective for the Islanders last season. The coach didn't fully commit to keeping them together for Saturday's matinee against Philadelphia, but it seems likely they'll get a chance to play together for the first time this season.

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Ducks

News, notes and quotes ahead of Wednesday's Islanders-Ducks game

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Watch the game on MSG+ and MSG GO. Listen live on 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News or online at Radio.com. Read the game preview. Check the game notes


LINEUP NOTES: 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal. Casey Cizikas was activated off IR and is expected to return to the lineup. Ross Johnston is in for Matt Martin, while Luca Sbisa is likely in for Adam Pelech. Details are below. 


GREISS IN GOAL:

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders. Greiss is 1-1-0 to start the season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. The Isles goalie is sitting on 99 career NHL wins. 

The Isles plan to split starts on the back-to-back, so Robin Lehner will be in goal on Thursday in LA. 

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Isles Day-to-Day: Cizikas Practices in Anaheim

Casey Cizikas practices as the Islanders try out new lines at practice in Anaheim

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Barry Trotz is hopeful that Casey Cizikas will be able to return to the Islanders lineup on Wednesday night, after the injured center went through a full team practice on Tuesday. 

Cizikas, who missed Saturday's 5-2 loss in Nashville with a lower-body injury, participated in his first practice since Thursday. Cizikas was placed on retroactive IR to Oct. 8, meaning he'd be available for the Islanders if he's healthy and ready to play. 

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Gionta Agrees To One-Year Contract

Stephen Gionta has agreed on a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract.

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that Stephen Gionta has agreed on a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract.

Gionta, 35, played 30 games last season for the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and scored five points (two goals and three assists). The Rochester NY native played in 26 games with the Islanders during the 2016-17 season, collecting six points (one goal and five assists).  

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