The Isles saw last postseason what life was like without Travis Hamonic.
Now, they might see it again.
While it’s too early to speculate on the severity of his injury, Hamonic did exit Thursday’s game against Columbus after an awkward collision with Scott Hartnell — and, shortly afterward, the Isles ruled Hamonic out for the remainder of the night.
Hamonic, a steadying presence on the blueline, missed all of last year’s opening-round playoff loss to the Caps with a knee injury (grade-3 MCL tear). Without him, the defense was thinned out and the Isles ultimately bowed out in seven games.
The 25-year-old, who has been in the news quite a bit this season because of his earlier trade request, is averaging a career-high 24:04 TOI per night and tied a career-best in goals, with five.
New York has six games left in the regular season after tonight’s tilt against the Jackets. We’ll update Hamonic’s condition once more information has been provided.