Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will be out at least six games.
Not again, the Islanders are hoping, at least.
Workhorse defenseman Travis Hamonic, who sat out the playoffs last spring with a torn MCL in his left knee, will miss at least the final six games of the regular season because of an apparent right knee injury suffered in Thursday’s win over Columbus.
Hamonic, the Isles’ leader in average ice time this season at 23:49 per game, left Thursday’s win following a knee-to-knee collision with Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell and did not return.
The Islanders, winners of four of their last five games, are currently in the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference and in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. They are three points behind Pittsburgh and two behind the Rangers entering Saturday’s home matinee against the Penguins, with a game in hand on each team. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot was five through Thursday.