Isles' Tavares to miss first game in three years

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Updated: 12/28/2013 2:08 pm

Uniondale, NY ( - John Tavares' streak of 246 consecutive games played will be coming to an end on Saturday, with the New York Islanders' captain to miss the team's matchup with the New Jersey Devils with a lower-body injury.

Tavares also sat out Friday's practice with the ailment, which head coach Jack Capuano told reporters has been lingering for some time.

The 2009 No. 1 overall pick, who leads the Islanders in both goals (13) and assists (26), has not missed a contest since sustaining a concussion in the 2010-11 season opener and subsequently being scratched for the next three games.

Rookie Brock Nelson is expected to center New York's top line alongside Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo against the Devils.

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