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John Tavares missed third game with illness

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates a second period goal by Brock Nelson #29 against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on October 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images

John Tavares returned from quarantine to take the Islanders' optional morning skate Tuesday at Barclays Center, the first sighting of the Islanders captain since he completed practice on Friday.

Tavares still sat out a third straight game with an illness that Jack Capuano referred to as "flu-like symptoms," though his reappearance on the ice could mean he has a chance to return to the lineup for tomorrow's game in Montreal.

"He got hit hard [by illness] and just couldn't recover for a few days," Capuano said. "To my knowledge, that's what it was."

Last night's win left the Islanders 1-1-1 without Tavares in this stretch, during which they've scored only five goals.

New jerseys unveiled The Islanders wore their new alternate jerseys for the first time, a basic black-and-white design with a hint of their classic orange. They will wear the alternates five more times this season.

"I like them. We look meaner," Matt Martin said. "I love our classic jersey and this is a nice one as well. We're never going to change our original colors and jerseys so I don't mind something different as a third jersey."

PK group clicking The Islanders had a streak of 29 consecutive successful penalty kills snapped by the Devils' third-period goal, but the Islanders killed off a six-on-four disadvantage in the final 19.8 seconds.

They are 40-for-44 (90.9 percent) on the penalty kill, still tops in the league after 13 games.

The Islanders' only power play lasted 18 seconds, meaning they've had exactly 18 seconds of power-play time over their last eight periods of hockey.

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