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Matt Moulson, Radek Martinek game-time decisions; Mark Eaton out 1 to 2 weeks

 Matt Moulson (knee) and Radek Martinek (arm), who both practiced with the team today at the morning skate, are game-time decisions. Defenseman Mark Eaton, who did not make the trip to Nashville, is out 1 to 2 weeks with a groin injury.

Bridgeport call-ups Rhett Rakhshani and Dylan Reese, who would replace Moulson and Martinek, respectively, had not yet arrived to meet the team this morning. 

Moulson said he felt "alright" after this morning's twirl and that he'll wait to see how he feels before the game. The 27-year-old, who leads the team with 10 goals, suffered the left knee injury after colliding with Johnny Oduya on Oduya's second goal of the game at 7:03 in the third period of the Islanders 5-4 loss to Atlanta Saturday.

"I just kind of hit him awkwardly," Moulson said. "I got a few texts that said it looked pretty bad. I think it looked worse than it was."

Moulson, who returned to Saturday's game after skating off in obvious pain, is the only Islander to play every game last season and every game thus far this year. Being the team's resident Iron Man is something he'd like to sustain.

"I've always taken pride in playing through things," Moulson said. "I do whatever I can to help this team win. I always want to go out and and contribute.

Moulson joked that the worst part of the injury was the fact he had to shave his leg so he could directly apply tape to his knee.

"I think I cut myself, like, seven times," Moulson said. "I think I need to just let my wife do it."

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When asked whether the Islanders considered bringing up 21-year-old forward Josh Bailey (although a natural center, he plays wing as well) instead of Rhett Rakhshani, Jack Capuano said:

"There wasn't too much talk of that."

After his game-tying shorthanded goal scored with eight seconds left in Bridgeport's 4-3 shootout loss to Worcester last night, Bailey now has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 8 games for the Sound Tigers. 

"Josh has accepted where he is right now and is playing extremely well in all three zones," Capuano said.

Some evidence? Watch here as Bailey makes an unbelievable pass to set up teamamte Trent Campbell, who gets robbed by Worcester's Alex Stalock.

 

 

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