Tavares (lower body) out vs. New Jersey tonight

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The New York Islanders will be without their captain against the New Jersey Devils tonight.

Isles coach Jack Capuano said John Tavares will miss tonight’s game with a lower-body injury and Brock Nelson will take his spot centering the top line.

This season, the Isles have struggled terribly and are tied with the Edmonton Oilers for second-fewest points in the league ahead of only the Buffalo Sabres. Tavares has 13 goals and 39 points, good for a tie with Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz for 10th in the league.

According to Islanders Point Blank, Tavares had played in 246 consecutive games, good for fifth-best all-time in team history.

For what it’s worth, Nelson has three goals and nine points this season. The 2010 first-round pick will be getting a big chance to show what he’s got playing on a line (likely) with Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo.