Martin at last brought an end to his 27-game goalless streak Tuesday with an empty netter against Colorado. Martin's empty-net tally was certainly an oddity, considering there was still over 11 minutes left on the clock. Not a prolific scorer to begin with, the veteran's value has dropped even further since he signed with San Jose in the offseason and is no longer being consistently used on the power-play. With just 11 points on the year, an offensive breakout from the defenseman is likely to be just as rare as his Tuesday goal.
Martin didn't add a point, but took two shots and blocked a team-leading four shots in Saturday's overtime win against Dallas. With 66 blocked shots in 40 games, Martin has been doing a good job getting in front of the puck. He's been at his best recently, with 10 blocked shots in the last three games.
Martin snapped a 12-games pointless streak with an assist in Sunday's overtime loss to Chicago. That assist gives Martin seven on the year and eight points. He's not a reliable offensive producer and that runs deep. In his last 10 games, he's been held without a shot in seven. He's averaging well under a shot per game this season. Where he does provide some value is that he's put up nine hits and 17 blocked shots in those 10 games.
Martin started the breakout that led to the OT-winner for San Jose over the Flyers on Friday, finishing with an assist, two blocked shots and a plus-1 rating. Martin has had a nice run over the last handful of games, putting up three assists in four games. But he's difficult to trust, as he just doesn't contribute offensively very often. He has just a single shot in his last four games.
Martin (lower body) will return to the Sharks' lineup Saturday against the Hurricanes, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Martin has missed San Jose's last three tilts with the lower-body injury, but was able to log a full practice Friday, indicating he would likely be ready to return to action Saturday against Carolina. The 34-year-old defender carries a bit of offensive upside, as he was able to register 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 74 games with the Penguins in 2014-15.
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