Thomas Vanek shoots for Saturday return

Thomas Vanek skates in warmups before his first Thomas Vanek skates in warmups before his first game with the Islanders against the Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 29, 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Thomas Vanek is targeting a return to action Saturday after missing his third straight game Thursday night with an upper body injury.

Vanek took part in an optional skate in the morning, his second straight day on the ice after sitting out since he was injured in the first minute of Saturday's loss in Columbus. He said he "pulled something" when Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky tripped him as he tried to screen the goaltender.

"Each and every day it's just rehabbing it, exercising it," Vanek told reporters. "Once it gets to a point where it's just pain tolerance, then I'll be back . . . Yesterday, I thought it was going to get better overnight, and it did. But it's not quite there. So I'll push hard for Saturday."Kings' Quick injuredKings goaltender Jonathan Quick left L.A.'s 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo on Tuesday after making a save in overtime -- playing against his brother-in-law, Matt Moulson. The two have usually faced each other in the Coliseum. Quick went back to California with a Grade 2 groin strain that could keep him out a month.

Quick, who won the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy, had started five straight games. Ben Scrivens, who started Thursday night, last began a game on Oct. 29.

 

Same lineup for Isles

Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek were the healthy scratches again for the Islanders, with Evgeni Nabokov serving as the healthy backup in goal for the third straight game. That's the first time that's happened with Nabokov since his first three games in an Islanders uniform to start the 2011-12 season, when Al Montoya opened the season with three consecutive starts.

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