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Islanders get Hamonic back for Game 1

Defenseman will play against Florida after missing six games with knee injury @NHLdotcom

New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will return to the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, FS-F, MSG+).

Hamonic, who missed the final six games of the regular season with a knee injury, practiced the past two days and Islanders coach Jack Capuano declared him good to go Thursday.

Hamonic, who led the Islanders in average ice time (23:49), was injured against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 31. He has five goals and 21 points in 72 games for the Islanders this season. He has one assist in six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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