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Islanders call-ups won't include Rick DiPietro, Nino Niederreiter

Rick DiPietro of the Islanders looks on from

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.

Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.

Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and...

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Nino: I'm no grinder

The Islanders' Nino Niederreiter reacts during the the

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Lockout or not, Nino Niederreiter's first games this season were most likely going to be with Bridgeport. The 20-year-old winger had one of the uglier rookie seasons in recent NHL history, with one goal, no assists and a minus-29 rating in 55 games, most of them spent as a fourth-line wing.

So the feeling in the Islanders organization was, unless Niederreiter had a tremendous training camp,...

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Islanders assign players to Bridgeport, junior teams

Travis Hamonic talks to reporters as Islanders clean

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The Islanders assigned 19 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Islanders also assigned two players to their junior teams.

The players assigned to Bridgeport include Marc Cantin, Casey Cizikas, Jason Clark, Calvin de Haan, Brandon Defazio, Matt Donovan, Mike Halmo, Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov, Jon Landry, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Nino...

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Al Montoya starts tonight, Grabner, Niederreiter out

New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya (35) dives

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Michael Grabner (groin) and Nino Niederreiter (concussion) are both out for tonight's game with the Lightning at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro (groin) is also sidelined. Al Montoya gets the start, his fifth in the last six games, with call-up Kevin Poulin backing up.

Tim Wallace, who leads Bridgeport with 9-11-20 in 24 games, makes his Isles debut, and Micheal Haley returns to the lineup. With...

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Jay Pandolfo goes on IR

Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins plays

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The Islanders put forward Jay Pandolfo on injured reserve before Monday morning's practice at Nassau Coliseum. The 36-year-old, who was relied on in his role as a penalty killer, broke his foot in a game against the Devils two weeks ago. He will be out until January.

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald was also placed on injured reserve. MacDonald leads the team with 60 blocked shots.

The Islanders...

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Nino Niederreiter undergoing concussion testing

Islanders right wing Nino Niederreiter, center, is helped

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The Islanders are awaiting further tests on Nino Niederreiter before deciding how long the 19-year-old forward will be sidelined. Niederreiter displayed concussion-like symptoms after taking a forearm to the head from Stars' defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of Saturday's 5-4 victory in Dallas.

"Anytime one of your players gets hurt, everybody has a concern,'' coach Jack Capuano...

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