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Tavares' consecutive-games streak over at 246

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares is out against the New Jersey Devils today because of an undisclosed lower-body injury that ended his consecutive games streak at 246.

The Islanders said Saturday Tavares' status is day-to-day.

"I'm concerned, obviously," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "You know what Johnny is to our hockey club. He's not only a leader, but his play speaks for itself. He's not ready to go and we're not going to put him in a situation where he could further hurt himself."

The 23-year-old Tavares is tied for the club lead with 13 goals and is first with 39 points in 38 games. His consecutive games streak is the fifth longest in team history.

Tavares has missed only four games in his five-year Islanders career.

Seidenberg done

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the NHL season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Seidenberg was injured in the third period of Boston's game against the Ottawa Senators on Friday when he became tangled up with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher behind the Bruins' goal.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement the expected recovery time for Seidenberg is 6-8 months.

The veteran of 615 NHL games with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Carolina, Florida and Boston has a goal and nine assists in 34 games this season.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 29, 2013 $sourceSection0

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