Hammered Out: Isles Defenseman Sprains Ankle

Travis Hamonic, who has been one of the New York Islanders most steady defenseman thus far this season, left last night's game against the Winnipeg Jets wearing a boot to support one of his ankles.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Hamonic has sprained one of his ankles and is expected to be out of the line-up tomorrow night when his team visits the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hamonic has one goal and two assists for three points in the five games played this season with a -1 rating. He also has nine shots on net, which ranks third among Isles defenseman.

Losing Hamonic likely means that Thomas Hickey will remain in the line-up tomorrow night. And that should be a good thing judging by the way he played last night against the Jets.

If head coach Jack Capuano wants to go with size, he might allow Joe Finley to return to the line-up; a large, bruising defenseman that has made some questionable plays for the Islanders so far. If Capuano prefers to go with a reliable, but fragile veteran, he may be inclined to dress Radek Martinek, who was a mainstay on the Isles blue line for nearly a decade.

Regardless of his decision, losing Hamonic against the talented Penguins will provide a greater challenge to the Islanders blue line.

-Rob McGowan
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