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Pandolfo (broken foot) out 4-6 weeks; Niederreiter back in lineup
Jay Pandolfo blocked a shot from Devils D Mark Fayne on Saturday and was hobbling around the locker room afterwards. Turns out his foot is broken and he's out until January.
Some fans have grouped Pandolfo in with the underachieving veterans, but the 36-year-old has been effective in his 4th line/PK role. He's not the sort to contribute much offensively, but he's a smart player who has been responsible in his own end.
Nino Niederreiter was going back into the lineup tomorrow regardless of Pandolfo's injury, so it's just one fewer lineup decision for Jack Capuano. Niederreiter, a healthy scratch all last week, apparently got the same treatment that Kyle Okposo got -- told in advance he'd be out a full week to work on his conditioning and learn what he needs to do by watching.
"I just need to get a little dirtier out there," Niederreiter said. "Go to the paint, throw pucks on net, get myself into traffic."
At practice today, Niederreiter skated with Brian Rolston and David Ullstrom. Josh Bailey centered a fourth line with Matt Martin and Micheal Haley. Marty Reasoner appears to be a scratch again. The Islanders may bring up an extra forward for the Friday-Saturday visits to Chicago and Dallas, but there are no additions for tomorrow's game with the Sabres in Buffalo.