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Big blow to Islanders defense as Hamonic sidelined 4-6 weeks

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders takes the puck in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 7, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders 5-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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This is not the news the New York Islanders needed right now.

Off to a disappointing start with only four wins in their first 12 games and sitting in next-to-last place in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders are now going to be without one of their top defenseman for at least the next month, and probably a little bit more.

The Islanders announced on Sunday that defenseman Travis Hamonic is going to miss the next 4-6 weeks due to an upper body injury.

The Islanders haven’t made an official announcement yet, but according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple Adam Pelech is going to come up from the AHL to replace him. Pelech has one goal and three assists in 10 games for Bridgeport.

Hamonic only played six minutes in the Islanders’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers before leaving the game. He has spent most of this season playing on a pairing alongside Nick Leddy and playing close to 20 minutes per game.

He isn’t a huge producer offensively (he does have two goals and three assists on the season, but is typically a 15-20 point player), but he is one of their best defensive players and his absence is not going to help a team that is already near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.