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Visnovsky (concussion) returns to practice today

Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky returned to the ice this week after being out since October 20 with a concussion. There’s even better news ahead for Isles fans.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports the 37-year-old defenseman will return to practice today. Visnovsky has passed his latest round of neurological tests but he hasn’t been cleared for contact. The hope for the Islanders is that he will be ready to play just before the Olympic break.

This season, Visnovsky has played in eight games with a goal and two assists. He was acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2012 NHL Draft and with how taxed the Isles defense has been this season, his return will be a big one for New York.

  1. tjvalley - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    It will be nice to have him back playing instead of Carkner.

  2. bcisleman - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Lubo will help on D but will be especially important to the PP. The other worry is Hammer. Apparently he’s out indefinitely. Question is whether the Isles will be near enough to a playoff spot by then for Lubo and Hammer to make a difference.

  3. tjvalley - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    It’s possible but I doubt it.

  4. areaman714 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Good to see Lubo back playing . . . loved him as a Duck . . .

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