John Tavares will miss his third consecutive game for the New York Islanders due to an illness on Tuesday night when they host the New Jersey Devils.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano said on Tuesday morning that Tavares has been dealing with "flu-like symptoms" and that even though he seems to have turned a corner, it's still not known if he will be able to play on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Tavares was on the ice for the morning skate on Tuesday, but still isn't ready to play.
While that's still not great news, it's at least somewhat better than the tone on Monday afternoon when Capuano said that Tavares was "not doing well at all" and that he was going to get checked out again and perhaps even have some tests done.
In 10 games this season, Tavares has 11 points (five goals, six assists).
The team has lost both games (including one in a shootout to the same Devils team they play on Tuesday) that he has missed while scoring just three goals.
Tavares was the NHL's second-leading scorer during the 2014-15 season when he finished with 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists).