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Islanders' Tavares misses game vs. Devils with illness

by Dan Rosen

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares did not play Saturday against the New Jersey Devils because of an illness and is considered day-to-day, coach Jack Capuano said.

Tavares was at Prudential Center but was a late scratch and sent home prior to the game after he was evaluated by Islanders doctors. Capuano said he isn't sure if Tavares will be available Sunday, when the Islanders play the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center (7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, MSG-B, BELL TV, MSG+).

The Islanders lost to the Devils 3-2 in a shootout.

Tavares has 11 points in 10 games this season. He did not miss a game last season.

"It was just best that we get him home and rest and we should know more later [Saturday night] or first thing [Sunday] morning," Capuano said. "It's an illness and we just want to make sure we're doing the right thing."

Tavares is the third Islanders player to miss a game with an illness this week. Goalie Jaroslav Halak and forward Ryan Strome missed the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday because they were sick. Halak and Strome played Saturday.

"Certain guys are a little under the weather, but hopefully they'll find out exactly what it is, hopefully it's nothing at all, and they'll take a few days to get better," Capuano said.

Capuano said he could tell Tavares was coming down with something Friday.

"He just didn't look right," Capuano said. "I thought it was best that he saw our doctors, get him home, and hopefully he'll be fine."


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