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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Hamonic Streak to End at 113 Games

With Travis Hamonic expected to miss a couple of weeks, his consecutive games streak is over.

Hamonic had played 113 consecutive games since making his NHL debut on 11/24/2010, when he replaced Mike Mottau (who had suffered an eye injury in the previous game in Atlanta).

Hamonic's streak is the 6th longest by a defenseman in Islander history:

Century Club
  1.     Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979  262
  2.     Bryan McCabe 10/7/95-2/4/98 220
  3.     Gerry Hart 3/1/75-11/22/77 198
  4.    Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136
  5.    Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
  6.    Travis Hamonic 11/24/10 – 2/4/12 113
  7.    Jean Potvin 10/23/75-1/2/77 110
  8.     Kenny Jonsson 12/26/96-2/4/98 104

Like Hamonic, McCabe and Morrow's streaks came at the start of their NHL careers.  Both Niinimaa's streak and McCabe's streak encompassed their entire Islander careers.
Longest consecutive games streak, start of career, defenseman
  1.     Bryan McCabe 10/7/95-2/4/98 220
  2.      Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134
  3.    Travis Hamonic 11/24/10 – 2/4/12 113

Hamonic had had the longest consecutive streak on defense for the Islanders since December 29, 2010 -- the night the Isles stopped Sidney Crosby's point streak.  With James Wisniewski having been traded away, Hamonic, then playing in his 15th NHL game, inherited the longest streak.

With Hamonic's injury, the Islanders' longest steak on defense belongs to Mark Streit-- the only Islander defender to play every game this season. Streit also played every game in 2009-10 but missed all of last season due to a pre-season injury.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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