Matt Martin LW NYI 2 months ago

Martin has 127 hits so far this season.

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Matt Martin LW NYI 10 months ago

Martin (undisclosed) will play in the playoff opener versus Washington on Wednesday, according to Newsday.

Martin had missed the last couple of Islanders games due to an undisclosed injury but practiced Monday and stated that he felt "great" and is ready to go. Martin led the NHL in hits this season and will be relied upon to be a physical presence against a Washington team that also likes to play a physical game.

Matt Martin LW NYI 10 months ago

Martin (undisclosed) is not with the team. in Pittsburgh and won't play Friday.

This is not a surprise as Martin was never expected to play. The Islanders are playing it very close to the vest with their injuries so there is no word on when Martin could return to the lineup. The Islanders clinched a playoff spot Thursday and could choose to play it safe with their injured players to make sure they are healthy for the start of the playoffs.

Matt Martin LW NYI 10 months ago

Martin (undisclosed) is unlikely to play Friday versus the Penguins, according to Newsday.

Martin hasn't practiced since suffering the injury and with the Islanders history of playing it safe with their injuries, he may not play until he does practice or unless Saturday becomes a must win to get into the playoffs.

Matt Martin LW NYI 10 months ago

Martin is nursing a minor injury and will miss Tuesday's match against the Flyers.

The fourth-line tough guy was limited to just 8:49 of ice time in the Isles' last game Saturday against the Sabres and will now sit out for his second match of the season. It's not expected that the injury will cost Martin action beyond Tuesday, so those looking for help in the PIM and hit categories may still want to keep Martin on call for the final two games of the season.

Matt Martin LW NYI 11 months ago

Martin (suspension) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Panthers, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Martin was suspended for Thursday's game versus the Predators after he laid an illegal hit on the Stars' Trevor Daley two nights earlier. The winger's abrasive style of play occasionally results in the league office laying down the hammer, but when he's on the ice, Martin is an asset in specialty formats. He leads the league with an astounding 318 hits and ranks seventh in PIM (114).

Matt Martin LW NYI 11 months ago

Martin has been suspended one game for kneeing Dallas' Trevor Daley on Tuesday.

Martin will be forced to sit out Thursday's game against the Predators as a result of his actions in Tuesday's game. He will be eligible to return to action for the following game Saturday against the Panthers.

Matt Martin LW NYI 11 months ago

Martin could be suspended after being ejected from the game Tuesday for kneeing, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Martin was slated to have a phone hearing with the NHL on Wednesday to determine if there will be any further discipline. Martin kneed the Stars' Trevor Daley, who apparently will be out for a while due to the injury, and could be suspended up to five games although one or two is more likely. Martin will be missed in leagues that reward hits.

Matt Martin LW NYI 12 months ago

Martin registered an assist Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.Martin has been frequenting the scoresheet, with three helpers in the past five games. Still, he's best known for racking up hits, blocked shots and PIMs. The Islanders have lit the lamp 181 times as a team this season, ranking second in the NHL behind the Lightning. The impressive rate at which the Islanders are scoring obviously helps Martin's chances of adding to his assist totals, even as a bottom-six forward.

Matt Martin LW NYI 1 year ago

Martin scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal and racked up 12 PIM in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

You won't get offense from Martin too often, though he does have three goals in the last eight games, which qualifies as a hot streak by his standards. What you will get, though, is plenty of PIM and tons of hits -- he added another seven of those Tuesday, pushing his NHL-leading total to 225.