Sickness hits Islanders, sidelining two defensemen

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It’s that time of year in which teams get afflicted with various “sicknesses,” although good luck getting a straight answer about which specific ailments are causing problems, especially considering the mumps epidemic that hit the West in particular.

So, we’re left to our own devices regarding what precious illness is sidelining two New York Islanders defensemen, but both Calvin de Haan (pictured) and Thomas Hickey can’t play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple points out that this opens the door for Matt Donovan to return to the lineup after 20 straight games as a healthy scratch.