Brock Nelson returned to the Islanders’ lineup Thursday night after missing Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury that did not turn out to be serious.
“It was one of those things that was nagging at him and he didn’t have too much strength, so it needed to be checked out,” Doug Weight said Thursday morning. “But he looks good, ready to go.”
Weight sat down rookie Anthony Beauvillier, who had two goals on the nine-game road trip but, like a few of his teammates, looked a bit worn down.
Alan Quine and Stephen Gionta remained in the lineup ahead of Beauvillier. Quine played on Tuesday in Raleigh for the first time since Feb. 25.
“I really like what Gio has brought,” Weight said. “And I give credit to our training staff. Quiner looked like he’s been working hard during his rehab when he got out there.”
Johnny Boychuk (ankle) remained out, missing his seventh straight game, and the defense was the same as in Tuesday’s overtime win.
Chimera likes Ho-Sang
Jason Chimera has been around plenty of rookies in his 16 NHL seasons, but he hasn’t seen many like Josh Ho-Sang.
“Some guys get called up and they’re so afraid to make a mistake, they’re just frozen a little,” Chimera said. “He’s got no fear at all. He’s making plays and he has a ton of confidence.”
Ho-Sang’s six points in his first eight games entering Thursday night had him tied for most points by a rookie in March.
Weight had a Jets goal taken off the board at the 10:29 mark of the second period, winning a coach’s challenge for an offside, but Winnipeg made it 4-1 just 62 seconds later.