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Okposo working toward return to lineup

The Islanders forward will not play against Boston tonight, but Capuano says a plan for Okposo to return is set

Saturday, 11.19.2011 / 11:53 AM / News
By Katrina Doell
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Okposo working toward return to lineup

For the third straight game, Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will be a healthy scratch.

In announcing the lineup for tonight’s game against the Bruins, Capuano told the media that a plan to get Okposo back in has been discussed, and that Kyle is aware of the plan.

“He’s (Okposo) been real positive,” Capuano said.  “The communication level has been good. I’ve talked to him, the other coaches have talked to him, and I know Garth’s had a conversation with him. It was good for him to take a step back for a few games here and to just relax mentally. When he does get back in there, I know he’s going to have that fire in his belly and that desperation he needs.”

Okposo participated in the optional morning skate at the Coliseum this morning and he told the media,  “no one is harder on myself than me.”

“It’s been ok, it’s been good and bad,” Okposo said.  “It’s frustrating that I’m not playing, but I understand where they are coming from.”

He would not discuss details with the media, indicating that the conversations are between him and the coaches. Capuano said that his return to the lineup would be coming soon. 

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