Islanders' Johnny Boychuk: Takes to ice Monday

Boychuk (lower body) was on the ice skating before the team practiced Monday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Boychuk has missed eight straight games due to the ailment, but skating is a step in the right direction. Coach Doug Weight stated Monday that Boychuk "still has a ways to go," which would seem to indicate that a return to the ice Wednesday versus the Rangers is unlikely.

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