Islanders’ Hamonic to miss 4-6 weeks with injured hand

NEW YORK (AP) Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will miss four to six weeks because of an injured right hand.

Hamonic was hurt in the first period of Saturday night's 4-3 shootout loss to Edmonton when he blocked a shot that appeared to go off his arm and deflect to the Oilers' Leon Draisaitl, who tied the score at 2-2. Hamonic left and didn't return. The Islanders announced the expected length of his absence Sunday.

Hamonic's absence deals a blow to an Islanders team that has lost three straight - the last two in shootouts - and is seventh in the Metropolitan Division at 4-6-2. Hamonic has two goals and three assists on the season with a minus-7 rating.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.