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Islanders' Hamonic expected out again in Game 2

by Corey Masisak /

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Defenseman Travis Hamonic did not skate with the New York Islanders and is not expected to play in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

Islanders coach Jack Capuano said goaltender Jaroslav Halak will start but did not note any other lineup changes. New York defeated Washington 4-1 on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-7 series.

Hamonic was injured in New York's penultimate game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has not skated with the team since the injury. He led the Islanders in average ice time during the regular season at 21:47 per game, but they were able to limit the Capitals in Game 1 without him.

"The way that our back end played was great, and we're going to need that every game in this series," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said. "[Hamonic] is obviously a big part of our team, but we have other guys who can step in and do the job. They did that the other night."

Hamonic's ice time is down from 25:00 per game last season. The Islanders' new-found depth on defense, bolstered by the additions of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, is a big part of why they have been able to absorb injuries this season and continue to play at a high level.

"Last year we probably didn't have the depth to deal with it, or the year before. But this year we're excited about the team we've got," defenseman Brian Strait said. "On the back end we are a lot deeper so that is really helping us right now. We just our played our game. We had a game plan and we stuck to it. That worked out for us [in Game 1]."

Here are the projected lineups for Game 2:


Nikolay Kulemin - John Tavares - Ryan Strome

Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee - Brock Nelson - Michael Grabner

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan - Brian Strait

Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Jaroslav Halak

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Colin McDonald, Eric Boulton, Matt Donovan, Griffin Reinhart, Tyler Kennedy

Injured: Mikhail Grabovski (upper body), Travis Hamonic (undisclosed)


Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Joel Ward

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Jay Beagle

Curtis Glencross - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Matt Niskanen - Karl Alzner

Mike Green - Tim Gleason

Braden Holtby

Justin Peters

Scratched: Andre Burakovsky, Michael Latta, Philipp Grubauer

Injured: Dmitry Orlov (wrist), John Erskine (neck surgery)

Status report: Grabovski was on the ice with the Islanders but there was no update on his availability.

Who's hot: Strome has eight points in his past 11 games, including at least one in six of his past nine games.


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