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anticipated back in August,” head coach Jim Hulton said.
“It adds to the strength and depth up front. At this time of the year, and come playoff time, depth is one of the key ingredients for good teams.”
Hulton said he expected to reunite Chlapik with rightwinger Daniel Sprong while Samuel Blais is likely to start as the line’s left-winger. Kielly skated with wingers Keith Getson and Bradley Kennedy at Thursday’s practice.
But the head coach had proven he is willing to shuffle the deck.
“I’m not married to any combinations, so we’ll play around with (it) a lot over the course of the weekend,” Hulton said.
Tonight starts a stretch of three games in three days for the Isles.
“Saint John has had our number recently, but they’ve all been really good hockey games,” Hulton said.
The Islanders play at Moncton Saturday at 4 p.m. and host Halifax Sunday at 3 p.m.
Defenceman Dexter Weber remains out of the Islanders lineup with an upper-body injury for this weekend.