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Nathan Lawson placed on IR

Islanders goaltender Nathan Lawson in net against the

Islanders goaltender Nathan Lawson in net against the Ottawa Senators at Nassau Coliseum. (Jan. 13, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

 The Islanders have placed goaltender Nathan Lawson on injured reserve, retroactive to January 21.

Although the 27-year-old was originally slated to miss 1-2 weeks with a MCL strain in his left knee, he is now expected to miss 2-4 weeks. Kevin Poulin and Rick DiPietro will continue to split goaltending duties.

I've been told that Lawson did not suffer a setback. The Islanders apparently felt the need to be more precautious than they originally planned.

I will check to see if there are any more specifics when coach Jack Capuano talks after the skate.

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