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John Tavares misses second game with illness

New York Islanders center John Tavares skates with

New York Islanders center John Tavares skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of an NHL hockey game at Barclays Center on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

John Tavares stayed home again Sunday night, missing his second straight game with an illness that Jack Capuano said will have to be monitored this week.

"He's getting the treatment he needs and we'll see how that goes," Capuano said. "I talked to him around 3 p.m. today and he wasn't feeling good again. We'll talk again tomorrow and see where he is."

Ryan Strome and Jaroslav Halak missed Thursday night's overtime loss to the Hurricanes with illnesses, and Strome and Tavares are roommates during the season. Once a virus gets into a locker room, it can be hard to get it out before players and staff contract it. But Capuano said Tavares' illness doesn't appear to be related to Strome's or Halak's.

The Islanders host the Devils Tuesday night, then travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Thursday night, so there isn't much practice time for Tavares to get back up to speed.

Coliseum memoriesMatt Moulson, one of Tavares' closest friends, made his first trip to Barclays Center with the Sabres on Sunday.

Moulson and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma have strong Nassau Coliseum memories from the Isles-Penguins playoff series in May 2013, when the rafters shook the way they had decades earlier.

"It was one of the few places left where, underneath the building, you felt it when it was loud," said Bylsma, whose Penguins pulled out a six-game series win over the upstart Islanders. "I guess I do miss that part of it."

Moulson, who scored in the third period Sunday night to tie it at 1-1, said he had been to Barclays once before. "There was a lot of tradition in Nassau, obviously, so you're sad to see it go," he said. "But this is a state-of-the-art facility they have here now."

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