Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will return on Monday night against the Lightning, head coach Jack Capuano said.
Hamonic, who participated in the morning skate, had been placed on IR on Nov. 7 (retroactive to Nov. 5) due to a broken hand sustained while blocking a shot.
The Islanders initially said he would be out four-to-six weeks.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net on Monday night.
Shane Prince and Alan Quine will be scratched.
This guy is a warrior. Hamonic broke his hand last week, and now, with the Isles short-staffed, he's going to give it a go. Say whatever you want about this team, and there is plenty bad to say, but there is no shortage of heart and determination to go around -- at least where Hamonic is concerned.
This could certainly act as a lift to a team that sorely needs one, even if Hamonic only plays what equates to third pairing minutes. I am concerned that this could ultimately set Travis back, but Hamonc says he feels comfortable.
And let's face facts -- if the Isles tank the rest of this month, Hamonic can probably take off the remainder of the winter and it won't matter. So, with the season hanging in the balance, Hamonic will try to come to its rescue.