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Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey don't play, but Michael Grabner does

Michael Grabner of the Islanders tries to control

Michael Grabner of the Islanders tries to control the puck during the first period against Luke Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers. (Oct. 26, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

KANATA, Ontario - There were a slew of lineup changes for Thursday night's game, starting with Michael Grabner playing 13:11 in his season debut.

That wasn't certain Thursday morning, when Cal Clutterbuck and Josh Bailey took the ice to test out minor injuries. Clutterbuck left Tuesday night's win over Ottawa in the third period with a lower body injury and Bailey had some soreness after blocking a shot early in the game (he played through it).

As it turned out, neither Clutterbuck nor Bailey played. Grabner, activated off injured reserve Wednesday nearly two months after hernia surgery, took Bailey's spot alongside Frans Nielsen and Mikhail Grabovski.

Cory Conacher, a healthy scratch the previous eight games and a one-time Senator, took Clutterbuck's spot with Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.

Reinhart up and in

Griffin Reinhart made his return to Islanders action Thursday night, taking Travis Hamonic's spot. Hamonic did not make the trip here with the team after missing the final minutes of Tuesday night's game with an upper-body injury, suffered when Ottawa's Chris Neil hit him along the sideboards early in the third period.

Reinhart played the first three games of the season with the Isles before being sent to Bridgeport. "I think I was mostly just soaking it all in,'' Reinhart said of that first stint. "I'd been in practices and preseason games, but the pace was a lot faster and the games were a lot more intense.''

With Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) and Johnny Boychuk (upper body) on IR and Hamonic possibly out for a decent stretch of time, Reinhart might get a chance to stick around for a bit. But only if he can earn it.

"Whether it's Griff or anyone else who comes up, they have to play with assertiveness, they have to be physical and they have to get up in the play,'' Jack Capuano said. "There's some other guys down there [in Bridgeport] who have been playing well.''

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