Tavares back for Isles after illness ‘wiped me right out’


As expected, John Tavares will be back in the Islanders’ lineup tonight in Montreal.

New York’s captain missed the last three games with an illness.

“It just wiped me right out for two days,” Tavares said, per NHL.com’s Arpon Basu.

The Isles went 1-1-1 in his absence.

“I didn’t sleep much all weekend and Sunday night was really the peak, when it was the worst,” he told Newsday. “By Monday I finally had an appetite again.”

Steve Bernier will reportedly be the forward who comes out to make way for Tavares.