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Islanders Practice: Palmieri Skates, Bailey off the Barzal Line

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EAST MEADOW, NY–After splitting a back-to-back this past Friday and Saturday, the New York Islanders were back on the practice ice Monday morning.

Besides defenseman Adam Pelech, the New York Islanders had everyone on the ice, including forward Kyle Palmieri.

Palmieri had not been skating with the team since suffering an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on Nov. 21. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 1, retroactive to that contest, and has missed the last nine games for New York.  He is eligible to return when he’s game-ready.

Forward Anthony Beauvillier, who was a game-time decision Saturday night after leaving Friday night’s contest against the New Jersey Devils in the first period after going hard into the boards, was on the ice prior to Monday’s practice.

Both were not full participants at practice.

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Cal Clutterbuck, who took a Brendan Smith helmet to the head Friday night against New Jersey, wore a cage upon returning to that contest and again on Saturday night.

He was cage-less Monday but shared that he may have to put it back on for Tuesday’s contest against the Boston Bruins.

Here were the practice lines:

Anders Lee-Mathew Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Josh Bailey-Brock Nelson-Rotation
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Simon Holmstrom
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Robin Salo-Ryan Pulock
Alex Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

As one can see, Josh Bailey is no longer on Mathew Barzal’s wing, as he has been reunited with long-time linemate Anders Lee.

“They’ve played so much hockey together over the years I’ve been here, and we just made that little switch today, and we will see where we go from there,” Lambert said.

Here’s a funny event from the skate, as Barzal fell and took Lambert out:

Following the skate, Anthony Beauvillier spoke on his injury:

“Could be better. Could be worse, obviously. But yeah, just trying to take it day by day, and we’ll see tomorrow,” Beauvillier said.

He added that he just couldn’t give it a go on Saturday night.

Lambert provided updates:

  • Kyle Palmieri and Anthony Beauvillier will travel
  • No update if those two will play against Boston
  • Adam Pelech will not travel to Boston, but will be re-evaluated after with the potential to join team during road trip.
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