Three injured Islanders skated Saturday morning and all of them -- Lubomir Visnovsky, Evgeni Nabokov and Travis Hamonic, who joined the skaters for the first time since suffering a concussion Jan. 12 -- constituted good news for the Isles.
Hamonic, who got hurt in Dallas two weeks ago and flew home before the end of the team's six-game road trip, took the biggest step. Having been cleared through the concussion protocol to resume skating, he leaped over a few hurdles in the last few days.
Visnovsky, who has been out since Oct. 20 with a concussion, could take his biggest step in more than three months, as a source indicated that he could be activated off injured reserve to play Monday against the Bruins. Saturday's game was the 46th that Visnovsky has missed. He's been practicing with the Islanders since they returned from their six-game road trip a week ago.
"We're definitely hoping to have Lubo back next week," Jack Capuano said.
Nabokov, out since Jan. 6 with a quadriceps strain, also might be ready to come off IR, with the possibility of making his first start in more than three weeks Wednesday at Yankee Stadium against the Rangers.
The Islanders have not placed Hamonic on IR, so he likely would go on that list to make room for Visnovsky.
Isles filesThe Islanders have led 2-0 on 14 occasions this season. After Saturday's shootout loss, they are 6-3-5 in those games . . . Kyle Okposo's goal and assist gave him 54 points, two more than his career high set in 2009-10. His 22 goals are two shy of his career best from 2011-12 . . . Thomas Hickey has a goal and two assists and is plus-8 in his last three games.