The injury-plagued New York Islanders
got some good news Saturday night when center John Tavares
was cleared to play for their home game against Colorado.
Tavares sustained a concussion a week ago in the Islanders' season-opener against Dallas after a collision with Stars forward Adam Burish
. He missed New York's next three games, including Friday's 3-2 overtime loss at Pittsburgh. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 Entry Draft played all 82 games in his rookie season.
The Islanders are still without three regulars -- top defenseman Mark Streit
and first-line winger Kyle Okposo
both are recuperating from shoulder surgery and are months from returning, and center Rob Schremp
is still out with a lower back strain. In addition to getting Tavares back, the Isles got a boost from the return of defenseman James Wisniewski
, who was suspended for their two previous games.