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Kyle Okposo practicing with the team; Rhett Rakhshani out with concussion

 According to the Islanders, injured forward Kyle Okposo practiced with the team for the first time today since suffering a pre-season shoulder injury. Okposo began skating on his own in full gear last month, but this latest development should be the final hurdle before his return.

Goaltender Rick DiPietro and center Frans Nielsen, who both suffered groin strains in the Islanders 5=2 win over Calgary, are also practicing with the team today.

Recent call-up Rhett Rakhshani is not; he suffered a concussion in last night's game but, because of inclement weather, the Islanders have not been able to get him to a specialist yet to assess the severity.

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