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    NHL News: Islanders F Mathew Barzal nearing return

    New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal is getting closer to a return from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him since mid-February.

    General manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters that Barzal would skate with the team Saturday or Sunday.

    The Islanders (39-28-9, 87 points) have six games remaining in the regular season, starting with Saturday’s contest against the host Tampa Bay Lightning.

    New York currently holds the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Barzal, 25, has been out since taking a hit from Boston Bruins forward Craig Smith in a 6-2 loss on Feb. 18. He is second on the team with 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists) in 58 games this season.

    Barzal signed an eight-year contract in October worth $73.2 million, with an average annual value of $9.15 million.

    Lamoriello also announced Saturday that forward Oliver Wahlstrom is done for the season with a lower-body injury. Out since Dec. 27, he finishes the campaign with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 35 games.

    –Field Level Media


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