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Nabokov, Hamonic likely to return vs. NYR

Both goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and defenseman Travis Hamonic are expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

Nabokov has not played since February 14 because of the flu; Hamonic missed the past nine games with a broken nose.

The Islanders returned both netminder Kevin Poulin and defenseman Aaron Ness to Bridgeport (AHL) Thursday.

Bridgeport forward Casey Cizikas was recalled; the 20-year-old center will make his NHL debut if Josh Bailey (back spasms) is unavailable to play.