New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic may miss some time after suffering an injury in Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
While moving the puck out of the defensive zone, Hamonic took a hit from Jackets’ forward Scott Hartnell. The hit saw the pair go knee-on-knee, sending Hamonic to the ice cradling his knee. However, that didn’t stop him from playing out his shift before heading down the tunnel to the locker room.
After he went down the tunnel he was ruled out of the remainder of the game with what the team termed a lower-body injury.
An injury to Hamonic, one of the team’s best defenders, would be devastating. The Islanders are clinging to a playoff spot with a lot of movement still possible in the Eastern Conference. If it’s an absence that stretches into the postseason it could seriously hamper the team’s playoff ambitions with starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak out for the remainder of the regular season and his first-round playoff availability in question.
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— connor (@ConIsles) March 31, 2016
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.