Struggling Islanders forward Kyle Okposo will sit out Tuesday's game against the Rangers, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.
The 23-year-old Okposo, who missed half of last season with a shoulder injury, has been held without a goal in the first 14 games. According to Islanders team statistician Eric Hornick, this will be the first time in Okposo's career he will be a healthy scratch.
Although Islanders coach Jack Capuano said the lineup would be a "game-time decision" it is not believed Okposo will skate in pre-game warmups.
With Okposo watching the game from the press box, 19-year-old Swiss winger Nino Niederreiter will make his season debut for the Islanders after being recalled Monday.
Niederreiter was in position to crack the Islanders' roster out of training camp but suffered a preseason groin strain that has shelved him for the first month of action. The former fifth overall pick finished with three goals and one assist in six games during a two-week conditioning assignment with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.