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Isles get Tavares back vs. Avs

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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.
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