Agent: Grabovski is ‘very close’ to returning

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Mikhail Grabovski is nearing a return from an upper body injury, which forced him to miss the final 23 regular season games and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

According to Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, Grabovski is “very close” to returning from an upper body injury suffered on Feb. 19 in a game against the Nashville Predators.

Grabovski left the Islanders 5-2 win over the Preds after a hit from Eric Nystrom.

The 31-year-old, who had nine goals and 19 points in 51 games this season, was placed on injured reserve the following day.

The Islanders will look to take a 2-0 lead on the Washington Capitals when the series resumes on Friday night.