MacDonald "likely" to play, Rolston "questionable"

September, 29, 2011
9/29/11
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Andrew MacDonald, who underwent season-ending hip surgery in March, will "most likely" play one of the next two preseason games according to coach Jack Capuano.

The Islanders have played it pretty safe with the 25-year-old defenseman thus far in training camp, but feel he is now ready for game action.

"I've felt good skating the past couple of weeks," MacDonald said. "They wanted me to feel it out practice by practice and the past few I think we've initiated good amount of contact and battled pretty hard in the corners so it's been pretty good."

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Capuano did not seem as convinced with 38-year-old veteran Brian Rolston, who tweaked his groin earlier in the camp, calling him questionable for either Friday's game against New Jersey or Saturday's against Boston.

"If he can get back healthy for next week of practice, "I'd be pretty satisfied with that," Capuano said.

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Both Milan Jurcina (groin) and Rhett Rakhshani (knee), who were injured in the Isles' 2-0 shutout loss to Calgary Tuesday, went to see the doctor this morning. An update on either was not immediately available, but Capuano predicted Rakhshani's to be the more serious of the two.

When asked about Jurcina, who has been plagued by groin/hamstring injuries over the past few years, Capuano said:

"I don't know what it is but it's obviously something he's going to have to battle through."


Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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