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DiPietro on ice; Okposo to make debut; Jurcina out

 Rick DiPietro, who was feeling under the weatheryesterday, is back ice on the team for the Islanders morning skate.

Knowing DiPietro usually does not skate the morning he plays, assume he will not play tonight.

The Islanders have rookie goaltenders Nathan Lawson and Kevin Poulin at their disposal for tonight's game against the Caps.

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Kyle Okposo will make his season debut tonight in his first game since suffering a pre-season shoulder injury during an intrasquad scrimmage this September.

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Defenseman Milan Jurcina, who suffered an upper body injury in the first period of Monday's game, is not skating. He's out for tonight and I hope to have something more specific on that injury later.

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Frans Nielsen, who has missed seven games with a groin strain, is on the ice today. Will find out soon from Jack Capuano whether he's available, but I'm guessing he'll play.

 

The Islanders have a few more onlookers than usual this morning--a bunch of participants from the Lighthouse International Tournament are in the stands for today's skate.

There will be eight different teams from China, Japan, Finland and then five local teams (Long Island/Westchester) for the tourney, which starts tomorrow and continues through the weekend.

This will be the fourth year the Islanders Children's Foundation has hosted the event.

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