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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Grabner to play vs. Hawks

By Katie Strang

Michael Grabner, who sustained a groin injury in the Islanders' 5-4 win over Dallas Saturday, returns to the lineup Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 24-year-old Austrian winger, who missed Tuesday's 5-1 rout of Tampa Bay, was one of three Islanders hurt in Saturday's game. Goaltender Rick DiPietro also suffered a groin injury and rookie forward Nino Niederreiter sustained a concussion on Mark Fistric's suspension-worthy hit.