The Islanders' Calvin de Haan and Mikhail Grabovski are both likely to miss Sunday's game against the Rangers, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
De Haan was activated off injured reserve earlier this week after suffering a lower-body injury in mid-February.
Grabovski, who was placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 19, skated on the ice on Saturday, but is still "some time away" from returning, coach Jack Capuano told Staple.
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After a rough-and-tumble game in Winnipeg, the Islanders walking wounded seemed to have all recovered, but with the off day yesterday, there was no obvious and definitive way of telling. It seems, now, that de Haan aggravated his previous lower-body injury in the game and missed practice this morning. The omninous comment from Capuano looks to keep the much improved third year defenseman from a huge game in Manhattan.
That would mean, in all likelihood, Brian Strait (lefty for lefty) could draw back into the lineup, assuming Ryan Pulock remains in for Marek Zidlicky. More surprising was the comment about Grabovski, who had been skating during the entire road trip, but is also apparently in line to miss the game, being "still some time away." That would mean Shane Prince gets another go.
The Rangers are coming off a huge win in Washington last night without Rick Nash (lower, two weeks away) and Henrik Lundqvist (neck spasms, day-to-day). They are five points clear of the Islanders for second place in the Metro Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but are giving three games in hand to their rivals. This will be the third meeting of the season between the teams, with the Islanders winning two previous meetings in Brooklyn, 2-1 in a shootout and 3-1. They will meet for the final time on April 7 at Madison Square Garden.