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Steve Staios out with possible concussion; Ness, de Haan potential call-ups

Staios played 17:57 in Montreal last night but was feeling symptoms of a concussion this morning and missed practice getting examined. He is definitely out of tomorrow night's game against the Stars per NHL concussion protocol, which means the team will be calling up a sixth defenseman from Bridgeport.

Which means either Aaron Ness or Calvin de Haan will be making his NHL debut tomorrow.

Ness, the Isles' 2nd-round pick in 2008, has two goals and eight assists and is a minus-6 in 26 games for the Sound Tigers. De Haan, the 12th overall pick in 2009, has two goals and six assists in 22 games and is a minus-1.

Ness impressed the Islanders with his play in training camp. De Haan plays a more cool, reserved style, but has tremendous upside.

Mark Eaton (sprained MCL) has skated the last several days on his own but still has yet to practice. Andrew MacDonald (leg) is still off the ice. So the Islanders need one of either Ness or de Haan to play tomorrow, and possibly on the upcoming road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg.

"They got to get their feet wet sometime," Mark Streit said. "I'm not worried about either of those guys. We saw them in training camp and they're both good young players."

Jack Capuano said the team would decide later today on who's being called up. He also said that Evgeni Nabokov (groin) would be evaluated again tomorrow before deciding whether he could play against the Stars after Al Montoya had a rough game in Montreal last night.

RW Nino Niederreiter (concussion) practiced with the team today and is one step closer to returning to the lineup, though that is a few days away at minimum so he can work on his conditioning.

New York Sports