Travis Hamonic sat out last night's game, as expected. Nothing beyond that is known about one of the more important Islanders headed into the playoffs next week.
Hamonic left Friday's game with an apparent left leg injury, suffered on a hit by the Penguins' Rob Scuderi in the first period. Hamonic arrived at Nassau Coliseum Saturday morning with a bit of a limp, but all Jack Capuano would say about his defenseman was that Hamonic was being evaluated further.
Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen missed their third straight games with injuries suffered last week. Both players were among a handful of Islanders who skated Saturday morning.
Colin McDonald and Matt Donovan were the healthy scratches on Saturday.
Neuvirth a late scratch
Goaltender Michal Neuvirth might have started the game had the Islanders not still had a shot at home ice in the opening round, but that option was scuttled shortly after the morning skate when the Islanders announced Neuvirth was sidelined by an undisclosed injury and the team called up Kevin Poulin.
Poulin hasn't dressed the last two games for Bridgeport. The Islanders signed goalies Stephon Williams, their 2013 fourth-round pick, as well as undrafted free agent C.J. Motte to finish out the year in the AHL.
The Sound Tigers had four games left in their season after last night's game and have been eliminated from playoff contention.
One last sellout
Last night's sellout was the 27th of the season after the Islanders had 19 sellouts combined over the previous four seasons -- with one of those the game against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium . . . Anders Lee played his 100th NHL game. He entered the game with 33 career goals. John Tavares had 32 goals in his first 100 NHL games.
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