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Boychuk (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Friday.

Boychuk will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Wings for the first time since Nov. 26, an absence that spanned nine games. The Islanders will also get Travis Hamonic (upper body) back Friday, putting the team's top two defensive pairings back in tact.

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Boychuk (upper body) is expected to play Friday versus the Red Wings, according to Newsday.

Boychuk has been nothing short of fantastic for the Islanders, adding toughness to their defense and a rocket shot from the point. Boychuk is one of the big reasons why the Isles are playing as well as they are and will be looking at a big pay day once the season is over.

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Boychuk (upper body) is expected to return for either or both of the Islanders' back-to-back weekend games.

Coach Jack Capuano said after Wednesday's practice that Boychuk was "coming along" well with his recovery from the injury, foreshadowing an impending return for the blueliner. Prior to suffering the injury, Boychuk had seen his production slow from his red-hot first few weeks of the season. Even so, he still has an impressive 14 points and plus-7 rating over 21 contests.

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Boychuk (upper body) resumed practicing with the team Friday, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.

Boychuk will miss his eighth consecutive game Saturday due to the injury, but it appears a return could be forthcoming for the defenseman. He appears to be further behind in his recovery than fellow injured blueliner Travis Hamonic, but if he's able to continue to practice over the next couple of days, he could return to the lineup at some point next week.

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Boychuk (upper body) skated Wednesday, according to Newsday.

The Islanders have been a bit lost defensively with the loss of Boychuk and Hamonic as a big part of their physicality on defense is missing. While the skating is a good first step, there is still no word yet on when he might return to the team.

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Coach Jack Capuano said after Friday's practice that Boychuk "isn't going to be playing anytime here soon," Scott Charles of Islanders Insight reports.

Coach Jack Capuano had the same prognosis for Travis Hamonic (upper body), leaving the Isles without a pair of their top-four defenseman for extensive time. The loss of Boychuk is of greater importance for fantasy owners, as he had been enjoying the best offensive season of his career with 14 points in 21 games.

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Boychuk (upper body) has yet to resume skating, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Boychuk will miss his fourth consecutive game Thursday, and based on the lack of progress thus far, he appears to be at risk of missing several more contests. He's one of four Isles blueliners dealing with an injury at the moment, with his loss probably being the most significant.

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Boychuk (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ESPN.com's Katie Strang reports.

Boychuk's placement on IR will be retroactive to Nov. 27, meaning at the very least, he'll miss his fourth straight game Thursday versus the Senators. It's generally expected that Boychuk won't be ready to go for Saturday's game against the Blues, either, but that could change if the blueliner is able to get back on the ice in the next couple of days.

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Boychuk (upper body) was not at Monday morning's practice, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

The blueliner has racked up two goals and 12 assists through 21 games with his new team, but looks doubtful at this point to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Senators. If that's the case, Brian Strait will take Boychuk's place on the back end again.

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Boychuk (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Devils.

Boychuk will miss his second straight game as a result of his injury. Brian Strait will make another start in his place Saturday.