There was a chance that Casey Cizikas and Travis Hamonic would make it back from upper-body injuries for Saturday night's game -- Cizikas even skated Saturday in a sparsely attended morning skate -- but the Islanders' usual caution with injuries ruled the day.
"They're not quite there yet," coach Jack Capuano said of Cizikas, who has missed the last three games, and Hamonic, who has missed the last five.
Johnny Boychuk, who missed his eighth straight game Saturday night, is the other regular on injured reserve with an upper-body injury and he is not as close to returning as the other two.
Capuano did make a couple of changes. Josh Bailey, who sat out Thursday with a nagging lower-body injury, replaced Eric Boulton in the lineup Saturday. And rookie defenseman Griffin Reinhart returned to action, taking Brian Strait's spot. The Isles said Strait missed the game for personal reasons.
Conacher clears waivers
Cory Conacher cleared waivers and was assigned to Bridgeport. The 24-year-old wing had a solid training camp and began the season on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo but had only one goal and two assists in 15 games.
The Isles did not make a corresponding roster move with Cizikas and Hamonic still on IR, so they currently have 22 players on the NHL roster. If any of the three injured players can come off IR for the Isles' next game Monday against the Devils at the Coliseum, no roster move will need to be made.
But after skating Saturday morning, he pronounced himself concussion-free and ready to play.