Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/8/14
Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic was activated off injured reserve on Friday and likely will be in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 12 when his team faces the Avalanche on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders’ last game before the two-week Olympic break. Hamonic has missed 12 straight games after suffering a concussion, but has practiced for two consecutive days with contact and was cleared by all the doctors. “It’s going to take him some time,” coach Jack Capuano said after Friday’s practice. “But you have a big, strong defenseman back there that’s physical that every team needs. You can see what happens when he’s out of our lineup.” In the 12 games Hamonic has missed, the Islanders have gone 4-7-1, a slump of 1-5-1 in their past seven, keeping them in the basement of the Metropolitan Division. If practice serves as a predictor, it’s likely Hamonic will be paired with rookie Calvin de Haan, and another rookie, Matt Donovan, will likely find a seat in the press box. Donovan will almost assuredly be sent down to AHL Bridgeport soon so he can play there for the duration of the break.
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