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Tavares recovers after streak breaking one-game absence

Dec 29, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 17: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders in action against the Tampa Bay Lightning during their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 17, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

New York Islanders captain John Tavares‘ streak of 246 consecutive games played came to an end Saturday, but the team confirmed that he’ll be back for tonight’s match against the Minnesota Wild.

The Islanders have to be relieved that Tavares’ lower-body injury didn’t turn out to be anything serious. As it is they’re 11-21-7 this season and are averaging just 2.38 goals per game. Losing Tavares for an extended period of time would have killed what little hope they still have of making the playoffs.

Without him, the Islanders suffered a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night.

Even with the team struggling offensively, Tavares has managed to scored 13 goals and 39 points in 38 games this season. In other words, this is shaping up to be his third straight campaign of averaging roughly a point per game.

After tonight’s match, the Islanders will head to Boston to play on Tuesday and complete their stretch of three games in four nights.

  1. bcisleman - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Not having JT cost the Isles the game last night. They are just about at the point of no return for any playoff hopes and its tough to see them making up 11 points before the deadline w/o Lubo who seems nowhere near returning.

  2. thomasvanek - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Who would have thought that the Sabres would be the better team coming out of the trade in the short term

  3. wmsshapiro - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    This game proved a big point and that is JT is very important in the make of the team. He is Mr. Islander (Captain). His participation means so much. As for the game the team played like a team. Everybody factored in the game . I say a big thumbs up for the team. That’s why I say don’t give up on this team and they will make the playoffs. On to the road to the STANLEY CUP. Also remember the Islanders play one game at a time.

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