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Islanders won't hold out Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald

Thomas Vanek skates against the Blues at Nassau

Thomas Vanek skates against the Blues at Nassau Coliseum. (Jan. 25, 2014) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald were in the lineup Thursday night. They presumably will be in the lineup every game leading up to Wednesday's trade deadline despite being attractive trade targets for a handful of NHL teams.

Jack Capuano indicated that he and general manager Garth Snow have no intention of sitting out Vanek and MacDonald to protect them from injury before Snow decides whether to trade them. "We need to go about our business," Capuano said before the game.

The Islanders have consecutive afternoon home games this weekend, against the Devils and Panthers, before a four-game swing through western Canada. Tuesday's game in Winnipeg would be the only possible game in which Vanek and MacDonald might be held out, given the 3 p.m. ET deadline the next day.

Martin sits out

Matt Martin missed a game for the first time this season. He skated with his teammates Wednesday and Thursday morning, but the lower-body injury he suffered in the final week before the Olympic break still was bothering him too much.

In his NHL debut, rookie Mike Halmo took Martin's spot on the fourth line and instantly endeared himself to the home crowd by putting Phil Kessel on his behind with a hit a few seconds into Halmo's first shift.

Matt Carkner and Radek Martinek were the healthy scratches. Grabs' rare double-shortyMichael Grabner had two shorthanded goals on the same power play in the first period, the first Islander to do so since Ziggy Palffy on April 17, 1999. The last Islander to have two shorthanded goals in the same game was Mike Sillinger on Jan. 22, 2008. Grabner has 11 shorthanded goals in his Islanders career, tied for seventh with Frans Nielsen and Claude Lapointe.


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