Originally posted on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 11/28/11
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It was announced earlier today that Jay Pandolfo would miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. The injury was sustained on Saturday afternoon during the Islanders matinee game against the New Jersey Devils He blocked a shot from Devils defensemen Mark Fayne.

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Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that Nino Niederreiter will be back in the Islanders lineup tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Niederreiter was apparently told in advance that he’d be out a full week to “work on his conditioning and learn what he needs to do by watching.” A situation that was similar to what the team did with Kyle Okposo.

"I just need to get a little dirtier out there," Niederreiter told Newsday. "Go to the paint, throw pucks on net, get myself into traffic."

Prior to last Wednesday night’s game against the Flyer I spoke with Niederreiter.

(Niederreiter on his first several games in the NHL and the difference from last season)

“It’s been fun. It was definitely way different, I felt way more comfortable, but I came from an injury and it’s always tough to come back. It was my first injury, so I never really had a feeling of how that’s gunna be, but overall it’s good.”

(On the whether playing in the AHL was a nice transition to the NHL)

“No, it was a good step to do the AHL first then come back up here and get a couple games in. It was definitely good.”

(On what it’s like to go through losing streak as a young player)

“It’s definitely different, but I mean I haven’t played a lot yet.  So it’s hard to tell either the right things.”

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