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.”