Visnovsky arrives, passes medical

Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has arrived in the U.S. and appears set to finally join the team. The 36-year-old veteran was suspended by the team earlier this season for refusing to come back to the NHL after the lockout was lifted.

According to an Islanders spokesperson, Visnovsky passed his medical Thursday morning and is slated to practice with the team Friday.

Visnovsky could be in the lineup as earlier as Saturday, when the Islanders host the Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum.

Coach Jack Capuano also indicated that Josh Bailey (knee) is likely to play this weekend as well.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov first off the ice this morning, so expect him to face Henrik Lundqvist in net at Madison Square Garden.

Matt Carkner is out with a lower-body injury that has him listed as day-to-day.