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Lubomir Visnovsky and Johnny Boychuk still sidelined, but both are working out off the ice

Lubomir Visnovsky #11 of the New York Islanders

Lubomir Visnovsky #11 of the New York Islanders skates in the second period against the Dallas Stars at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Lubomir Visnovsky and Johnny Boychuk were able to work out off the ice Tuesday, which could be considered progress. It indicates that the two Islanders defensemen, who missed Tuesday night's game with upper-body injuries, are still more than a couple days away from returning.

Boychuk missed his third straight game and Visnovsky missed his second straight. Matt Donovan and Brian Strait stepped into the lineup once again.

"They're coming along well, they're able to do some workouts here today," Jack Capuano said. "We'll know more about them in the next 48 hours."

Boychuk's injury may have occurred a little more than a week ago, when he was driven into the net by a Flyers player, though it could just be a cumulative effect of some rough hits he's taken during the course of the first 21 games. He played on Wednesday against the Caps but sat out Friday in the rematch in Washington and hasn't been on the ice since.

Visnovsky was most definitely hurt in the Friday game against the Caps. He tried to play through the undisclosed injury but had to come out midway through that 5-2 loss.

With practice days between the next two games, Thursday in Ottawa and Saturday against the Blues at the Coliseum, there will be time for both players to get on-ice work in.

Grabner skated again on Tuesday -- he remains on injured reserve from his Oct. 8 hernia surgery.

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