Heres quotes from the article from yesterday:
Travis Hamonic suffers sprained ankle, status for Penguins game uncertain Originally published: January 28, 2013 7:52 PM
PITTSBURGH -- Travis Hamonic left MTS Centre in his native Winnipeg in a walking boot. Where that leaves the Islanders' defense, beginning Tuesday night against the Penguins, is a giant question mark.
Hamonic suffered a sprained ankle in the third period of the Isles' 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets on Sunday night. It forced him to miss the final six minutes of regulation and the 1:59 of OT before Evander Kane knocked in the winner.
It appears that the defenseman avoided a serious sprain -- Jack Capuano said Hamonic will be evaluated Tuesday morning -- but it appears Hamonic will miss at least Tuesday's game against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins and possibly more.
"If he can't go, that's obviously a big part of our 'D' corps," said Andrew MacDonald, Hamonic's regular partner. The pair would have tried to match against Crosby or Evgeni Malkin Tuesday night. Now it might be MacDonald and Radek Martinek, the 11-year veteran who has yet to play a game this season after signing with the Islanders just before training camp. "We have some pretty good depth here," MacDonald said. "Radek's played in all different situations in the past, so he'll know what to do when he's in there...."
And heres what was on Twitter earlier today:
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Hamonic: "I'm ready to play... I wouldn't put myself at risk physically or be a liability if I wasn't ready to play."
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@StapeNewsdayIf Hamonic can't go, Martinek in. Hickey stays in on D. #Isles
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Nabokov in goal, Cizikas back in for Boulton, Hamonic game-time decision for
#Isles tonight vs. Pitt.
But here is what happened tonight:
PITTSBURGH -- Travis Hamonic's ankle must be all right. He certainly didn't miss a beat last night, playing 25:06 in the 4-1 win over the Penguins. He seemed determined to get into the lineup last night despite a sprained ankle that kept him out of the final minutes of Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets in Winnipeg.
"I wouldn't be putting myself at risk physically, and I wouldn't want to be a liability to my team if I wasn't ready," he said following the morning skate. "So I'm ready."
Radek Martinek and Joe Finley sat out on defense. Martinek still has yet to make his season debut. Finley came out for Thomas Hickey in Winnipeg, and Jack Capuano liked Hickey's decision making so he stayed in the lineup....
I was so happy to see Travis out there on D tonight!