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Capuano sticks with same Isles lineup

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the Rangers in the first period. (March 7, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

ST. LOUIS -- Jack Capuano is a superstitious man. He’s proven that over and over in his tenure as Islanders coach, so sticking with the same lineup for a third consecutive game Thursday night here against the Blues is not a huge surprise.

That’s even with the major struggles of several forwards, and rookie Brock Nelson being a healthy scratch.

So Capuano will stick with Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey, Peter Regin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and the rest of the Isles who played far better than in recent weeks, but still finished on the losing end of 3-2 overtime games with the Caps and Penguins.

Anders Nilsson also gets the start in goal, his third consecutive start.

Two of the Isles’ injured players are along on this trip. Evgeni Nabokov (groin) and Brian Strait (upper body) both skated this morning; Nabokov said he felt like he was closer to returning, but Strait, who has been out since Oct. 22, is still not close.

Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) is not on the trip, having seen a concussion specialist in Boston earlier this week. Still no timetable for him.

Tags: michael grabner , jack capuano , st. louis blues

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