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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hamonic sidelined, ending consecutive game streak

Travis Hamonic will not play against the Panthers tonight.

Hamonic did not play in the third period on Sunday; he is "day-to-day" with an "upper body injury".

Hamonic's absence ends his consecutive game streak at 117 games; his entire NHL career to this point has been played in two lengthy consecutive games stretches (8th and 9th among all Islander defenders)

Century Club
Travis Hamonic is the only defenseman in Islander history with two streaks in which he played at least 100 consecutive games. Those are two of only 11 streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by a defenseman in Islander history:

1.     Denis Potvin 11/29/1975-1/17/1979  262
2.     Bryan McCabe 10/7/1995-2/4/1998 220 (*)(**)
3.     Gerry Hart 3/1/1975-11/22/1977 198
4.     Andrew MacDonald 12/17/2011 - CURRENT 148
5.     Janne Niinimaa 3/13/2004-1/7/2006 136 (**)
6.     Ken Morrow 3/1/1980-12/29/1981 134 (*)
7.     Mark Streit  10/8/2011-4/26/2013 130
8.     Travis Hamonic 2/24/2012- 1/12/2014 117
9.     Travis Hamonic 11/24/2010 – 2/4/2012 113 (*)
10.   Jean Potvin 10/23/1975-1/2/1977 110
11 .  Kenny Jonsson 12/26/1996-2/4/1998 104
(*) Start of NHL career.
(**) Entire career with Islanders

Ironmen  (all totals entering the game against Florida)
Frans Nielsen is the Islanders' reigning ironman.  He has played 177 consecutive games, and is one of five Islanders to have played in every game this season.  Other ironman streaks: Andrew Mac Donald (148), Travis Hamonic (117), Matt Martin (108), and Thomas Hickey (48). 

(Note that MacDonald's total has been corrected; he now has the 4th longest streak among Islander defensemen, and the longest since McCabe's 220 game streak in the late 1990s)

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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