Hamonic’s status remains unknown with Game 1 on the horizon

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Islanders Coach Jack Capuano had very little information on Travis Hamonic when practiced ended on Monday.

“We don’t have any update on him at this point,” Capuano responded to the first of several questions about the injured defenseman. “We’ll just take it day by day.”NHL: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

Not the response Islander fans were hoping for just two days before the puck drops in Washington D.C. for Game 1 between the Isles and Washington Capitals. Hamonic was injured during the first period of Friday’s win in Pittsburgh and missed the rest of the game. He also missed Saturday’s season finale at Nassau Coliseum.

Hamonic’s status for Wednesday’s playoff opener is very much up in the air. Capuano was repeatedly asked if the Islander defenseman would be able to play on Wednesday and each time he responded, “I don’t know.”

“I’m just being honest with you,” Capuano said. “I don’t have any update as far as where we’re at with him. Hopefully as we move forward here we will.” To read more of this story, click here


Reinhart called up from AHL Bridgeport

Griffin Reinhart will join the Islanders on Monday for practice on Long Island (Staple, Apr. 12).

The 21-year-old defenseman spent a majority of the 2014-15 season in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 59 appearances, he recorded seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. Reinhart played in eight NHL games this season, as well, with the Isles. He only had a point in that span.

The decision, although not official, comes amidst uncertainty surrounding the availability of defenseman Travis Hamonic, who was hurt during Friday’s game in Pittsburgh. Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said that Hamonic was still being evaluated following Saturday’s regular season finale at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders will skate at Nassau Coliseum on Monday, and more information on Hamonic will likely become available.


Guest Post: The Grabovski effect

grabovskiThe following is a guest post from Billy Thomas, written exclusively for Point Blank. Billy Thomas is currently a Freshman at St. John’s University majoring in sports management. He is a lifelong Islander fan and lives a stones throw away from Nassau Coliseum. He can be found on twitter: @BillyThomasSPM

Mikhail Grabovski has begun practicing with the team for the first time since suffering a brutal concussion on February 19th in the 5-2 victory against the Nashville Predators and is on pace for a return during the playoffs. He is already wearing a full-contact jersey during practice, meaning his return is beginning to appear on the horizon. The Islanders have struggled during Grabovski’s absence, winning only seven out of 20 games and have lacked the offensive drive they had all season To read more of this story, click here

Fans and players look back on time at Nassau Coliseum


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Among the throngs of fans in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot tailgating, Richard Vollmer stood smiling and talking with friends and family. In the background — strung up to a lighting fixture like a sail to a ship’s mast — was the Islanders’ 1993 Patrick Division playoff banner.

The Islanders had the banner made up after their astounding run in the playoffs in 1993. The NHL said the team could hang it in the Nassau Coliseum rafters for one year, according to a New York Time article written by Chris Botta, and then they had to take it down. That’s when the team decided to give it away to a fan during a fan appreciation night, and when Vollmer happened to be sitting in the right seat at the right time with his two kids. To read more of this story, click here

Video: Claire Arbour drops ceremonial face-off in Coliseum finale

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders have managed to bring back many of the team’s greats throughout their final season at Nassau Coliseum, but there has been one noticeable absence this year. Due to health issues, Al Arbour, the man who coached one of the greatest dynasties in professional sports, has not been able to make one final visit to Nassau Coliseum.

On Saturday, the Islanders did incorporate Arbour into the pregame ceremony for the regular season finale by inviting his wife, Claire, and their four children to take part in the ceremonial puck drop.

Arbour has been such a huge part of the Islanders’ history that it would have been sad not to some sort of representation from his family there on Saturday. The fans gave the Arbour family a thunderous applause and it was easy to see — regardless of young or old — the respect the fans have for true Islanders’ royalty.

Islanders/Capitals First Round Schedule

The Islanders and Capitals first round playoff schedule:

  • Game 1: 4/15 at 7PM in Washington
  • Game 2: 4/17 at 7PM in Washington
  • Game 3: 4/19 at 12PM at Coliseum (NBC)
  • Game 4: 4/21 at 7:30PM at Coliseum
  • Game 5: 4/23 TBA in Washington
  • Game 6: 4/25 TBA at Coliseum
  • Game 7: 4/27 TBA in Washington