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Islanders injury updates
A few health updates from the Isles’ day off on Monday, with the Predators coming to the Coliseum on Tuesday:
-- It does not appear Thomas Vanek (upper body) will need to go on injured reserve. Vanek, who was hurt in the first minute of Saturday’s loss in Columbus and missed Sunday’s game in Montreal, is still likely out of Tuesday’s game. But if he comes through a Tuesday morning workout well, he could return by Thursday, when the Kings come to town.
-- Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) was at the Coliseum on Monday to be checked out. He is still not cleared to resume off-ice workouts, but he seems to be getting closer to that point. Even from there, hurdles remain -- he needs to take and pass baseline neurological tests with every completed step, from off-ice (running/biking), to on-ice, to contact. So from the moment he’s cleared to resume off-ice activities, it’s still a two-week process at minimum.
-- Brian Strait (upper body) is still having issues, but may resume skating this week.
-- Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) has been skating and will likely do so again Tuesday morning, but his availability is still up in the air.