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Islanders' Hamonic likely out for Game 1: report

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic likely will miss Game 1 of Stanley Cup Playoffs because of an undisclosed injury, according to Newsday.

The Islanders open the Eastern Conference First Round on Wednesday at the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

"It's undisclosed and there's no timetable," Islanders coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. "When there is I'll let you know."

Hamonic, 24, was injured April 10 against the Pittsburgh Penguins after receiving a hip check from Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi and did not play in the Islanders' regular-season finale the following night. He led the Islanders with an average of 21:47 of ice time per game and had a career high 33 points in 71 games. Hamonic scored two of his five goals against the Capitals while defending Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 53 goals.

The Islanders likely will use the same defense pairs they deployed in the regular-season finale, with Calvin de Haan playing with Brian Strait. Defenseman Griffin Reinhart was recalled Monday from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

"It's unfortunate Travis won't be here for the start of the series but it's an opportunity for me," de Haan said, according to Newsday.

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