Blake Comeau is back in the lineup tonight after missing Tuesday's game with some back pain that he suffered when hit into the boards by Michael Ryder Saturday.

Comeau said sitting out Tuesday was precautionary and that he's glad that one game is all he will miss.

"Definitely," Comeau said. It could've been a lot worse. Obviously my face took the brunt of the hit but I'm just glad it wasn't my head or neck."

Comeau said he's also looking forward to building upon some strong performances before he was injured.

"I think I was playing some of my best hockey of the season," Comeau said. "It could've definitely been worse than it was, so I'm just looking to pick right up where I left off. "


Coach Scott Gordon talked about the loss of Rob Schremp, only one of the latest Islanders to fall victim to injury.

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Although Schremp didn't receive much playing time at the beginning of the season, he has been a consistent piece of the Islanders lineup in the second half.

"It's obvious that some players just need to be given the opportunity to play in the NHL; you don't have to look further than Rob Schremp and Matt Moulson," Gordon said.

"Rob is a skilled player that has to commit himself to getting stronger and improve his conditioning in the off-season. As much as he's done offensively, he's also gotten better on defense."

"That's been the biggest knock on his's been a slow process , but he's committed to it. He has some ability [offensively] though, that a lot of players on this team, on any NHL team, don't have."


Although Trent Hunter (upper body) practiced with the team for the first time today, he only recently began taking shots, so is still a fair distance from returning.