New York Islanders Daily: Tavares Good To Go After Off Day
The New York Islanders captain John Tavares is ready to play tonight after needing an off day on Wednesday to recuperate.
The New York Islanders medical and coaching staff thought it was necessary to give John Tavares a day off on Wednesday. They’ve played a good portion of games already, 32 to be exact, and Tavares has taken a beating at times this year.
In particular against the Boston Bruins, JT took a hit from Kevan Miller in the third period. He seemed to jam his arm a bit, which could be why the staff figured he could use a day.
As a precaution the Islanders called up Stephen Gionta. Gionta was looking like he could earn a 13th forward spot during training camp but a foot injury kept him on the shelf.
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Tavares isn’t the only one banged up. We are still unclear how long Casey Cizikas will be out for, in reality it’ll be most likely until next week. So Gionta adds insurance on the Isles bottom two lines.
The Islanders are looking for their second win in a row, this time against the Buffalo Sabres. It’ll be Kyle Okposo‘s return to New York, which I’m sure the video tribute will be great for him.
After a great performance, against Boston in which he stopped 48 of 50 shots against him, Thomas Greiss is expected to start again tonight.
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