Hamonic to IR

Travis Hamonic has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to December 2.

Hamonic has an upper body injury.

NHL: New York Islanders at New York Rangers

Halak sets Isles record with 11th straight win

Goalie Jaroslav Halak set an Islanders record with his 11th straight win on Thursday night.

Halak tied Billy Smith’s 10-straight wins record on Tuesday (IPB, Dec. 2)

“It’s always nice, but I would say I’m not here to chase any records or anything,” Halak said. “I’m here to have fun, play hockey and try to help the guys win the game.”

Halak is 14-4 in his first season with the Islanders so far.

Game Recap: Islanders 2 – Senators 1

Recap: The Islanders beat the Senators on Thursday night in Ottawa.

Need to Know: After a scoreless first period, Brock Nelson opened the scoring when his power play goal gave the Isles a 1-0 lead midway through the second. However, less than four minutes later, Mika Zibanejad beat Jaroslav Halak during a 5-on-3 advantage for Ottawa to tie things, 1-1.

With 13:32 gone by in the third period, Casey Cizikas scored the deciding goal, beating Craig Anderson to make it 2-1 Isles.

With the victory, the Islanders took over sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan division.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Isles return home to play the Blues on Saturday afternoon at 1.

Game day (26): Islanders at Senators, 7 pm

Canadian Tire Center — Ottawa, ON
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Senators… Ottawa went 1-3-1 on a five game road trip, which included a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night on Long Island… The Senators will honor Daniel Alfredsson, who announced his retirement today, in sorts prior to their game against the Isles. Alfredsson will skate in warmups with the Sens prior to the game.He spent 17 seasons in Ottawa… The Senators are seventh in the Atlantic Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders will have some fresh blood in the lineup when they take on the Ottawa Senators tonight in the Canadian capital.

Griffin Reinhart will rejoin the Isles lineup after being recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday. This will be his first game in an Islander sweater since October 14 at Madison Square Garden. Reinhart has played in three games for the Isles this season.

The Islanders could also see the return of Michael Grabner, who has not played a single game yet this season. Jack Capuano was not sure of his lines when he addressed reporters following the team’s morning skating in Ottawa. Grabner could take the spot of Cal Clutterbuck, who was injured during Tuesday’s game.

Grabner looked to be slated to come back relatively soon, but the Isles have allowed him extra time to fully recover since the team has been doing well without him. If he is back in the lineup Grabner will bring added speed to the Islanders lineup and another scoring touch.

Jaroslav Halak will start in net tonight. He faced the Senators in the first half of a home-and-home between the two club and backstopped the Isles to a 3-2 overtime win.

Tonight’s contest will have an extra special feel to it, with Daniel Alfredsson having announced his retirement earlier today. Alfredsson will skate with Senators — where he spent 17 years of his career and holds the all-time goals (426), assists (682), points (1,108), and games played (1,178) records —  during warmups.

On Tuesday Islanders’ Captain John Tavares told reporters that “it will be pretty cool” to be a part of today’s historic moment.

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Boychuk, Visnovsky to IR; Isles recall Reinhart, activate Grabner

The Islanders placed both defenseman Johnny Boychuk on injured reserve, retroactive to November 27, and Lubomir Visnovsky on injured reserve, retroactive to November 28.

New York recalled defenseman Griffin Reinhart from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Update – 11:55 a.m.: Michael Grabner has been activated off IR.

Reinhart, 20, appeared in his first three National Hockey League games earlier this season with the Islanders. The North Vancouver, BC, native has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 15 games with the Sound Tigers this season.

The Islanders selected Reinhart in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Defensive depth and goaltending helping Isles win despite injuries

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders have suffered injuries to the defensive corps in the past and this season is no different.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at New York IslandersThe difference has been that the Isles have been able to still find ways to win in spite of them. Tuesday night was another example of that as the Islanders defeated the Ottawa senators 3-2 in overtime, in a game that saw New York lose a third defenseman to injury.

Travis Hamonic suffered, what Islander Coach Jack Capuano called, an upper body injury after taking a hard hit into the boards in the second period. The Islanders have already been without both Johnny Boychuk and Lubomir Visnovsky due to ailments.

In lieu of Hamonic, the other five defenseman stepped up to fill the hole and limited the Senators to 18 shots through three periods of regulation and 3:06 of overtime. As a team, the Islanders blocked 14 shots as well — something that has been very noticeable during their successful November.

“I thought our [defense] played great,” Capuano said in his post game address to the media. “We defended alright, but I thought our D did a real good job. They come hard on the forecheck, they’re a physical hockey team, and we limited them pretty good back there.”

Tuesday’s win was not the most well executed game from either side, and there were stretches where the Islanders were hemmed in their own zone, but the home team pulled out the victory. The Islanders added defensive depth has helped them cope with the loss of key personnel on the blue line, but so has outstanding goaltending from Jaroslav Halak. To read more of this story, click here