John Tavares (Getty Images)
New York Islanders captain John Tavares will miss Tuesday’s game — his third straight — due to an illness. The Islanders have no disclosed what the illness is, but coach Jack Capuano said Tavares, “just couldn’t recover.”
New York Islanders captain John Tavares won’t be in the lineup Tuesday when his club takes on the New Jersey Devils, and it will be the third time in three games that Tavares is out with an illness.
Before a game against the New Jersey Devils this past Saturday, the Islanders announced Tavares would be out and said they would an offer an update on the center post-game. The update was to say that Tavares was sidelined and day-to-day, but the nature of whatever is ailing Tavares has yet to be specified.
The 25-year-old was held out of practice Monday before being ruled out for Tuesday’s game. Following practice Monday, Islanders bench boss Jack Capuano told media that he didn’t expect Tavares back for, “a little bit.”
“He’s not doing well, not feeling well,” Capuano said Monday to the New York Post. “Obviously, there is concern, right? He’s going to get checked out again, maybe get some more tests…I just know the report that I got from our doctors and trainers this morning that he’s still not feeling well at all.”
Things could be turning around for Tavares, however, as he took the ice for the morning skate at Barclays Center. Tavares wasn’t part of the main group, though, and Capuano confirmed Tavares wouldn’t be playing Tuesday. The Islanders have said it's flu-like symptoms keeping Tavares out.
“He got hit hard and just couldn’t recover,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano told the Post Tuesday. “To my knowledge, that’s what it was. We had some people check on him, he had more checkups, tests on him. Everything was good.”
Even with everything looking positive, there’s still no timeline for Tavares’ return. The Islanders have listed the center as day-to-day, but Capuano was non-committal when asked about Tavares returning to the lineup Thursday.
“If things start to go well for him, it’s a possibility,” Capuano said.
But if things don’t go well, Tavares could miss even more time. Prior to his recent ailment, Tavares had missed a total of 26 games to injury, 22 of which resulted from an MCL tear suffered during the Olympics in 2014. He does have a concussion history, missing three games in 2010, but it hasn’t been confirmed that Tavares is dealing with a head injury at all.
Through 10 games this season, Tavares has five goals and 11 points to lead all Islanders in scoring. Tavares finished third in Hart Trophy voting in 2014-15, and second in scoring with 38 goals and 86 points.