Hamonic may start skating on Monday

Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders celebrates Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Dec. 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Travis Hamonic is scheduled to get back on the ice Monday, according to Jack Capuano. Hamonic has been out since Feb. 4, when he took a deflected puck off the nose and required surgery and a two-day hospital stay.

Hamonic was placed on injured reserve Friday to make roster room for Kevin Poulin's recall, but that was a paper transaction. He still could be back by next weekend if all goes well and he quickly gets accustomed to his new full-face shield.

"It's a surprise [Hamonic has been out so long], but the severity of it was bad," Capuano said. "It's best he takes this time to make sure he's good to go."

Saturday night marked the fourth time in the seven games Hamonic has missed that the Islanders allowed at least three goals.

Poulin's strange call

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Poulin already had received a couple of emergency call-ups from Bridgeport this season, and both those times, Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson informed Poulin over the phone to grab his gear and drive to Long Island.

But on Friday, Thompson had a different request.

"He told me I needed to come to the rink; there was something he had to tell me," Poulin said Saturday morning. "I was a little worried. But I got to the rink and he told me I was coming up, so it turned out fine."

Evgeni Nabokov (flu) stayed home Saturday. With back-to-back games coming up Monday and Tuesday, Poulin might have to stick around another day to see if everyone's healthy.

Staios returns

Steve Staios returned after missing Thursday's game with a stomach bug. Ty Wishart was a healthy scratch along with F Tim Wallace.

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