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Noah Dobson returns to Isles after clearing COVID protocols

Noah Dobson returned to the Islanders’ lineup against the Capitals on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum after COVID-19 protocols and his subsequent recovery kept the second-year defenseman sidelined for eight games.

However, left wing Michael Dal Colle (lower body) missed his third game and coach Barry Trotz did not sound hopeful of his quick return.

"Dal Colle is not available," Trotz said. "He’s still injured."

Dobson’s return pushed Thomas Hickey out of the lineup after he played his first five games of the season.

Hickey had two assists in his first game since the 2019 playoffs and displayed veteran acumen in his return to the lineup.