Matt Martin

#17 LW / N.Y. Islanders / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 lb Age: 26 College: None

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    Islanders' Matt Martin: Already has 127 hits this season

    Martin has 127 hits so far this season. This is what Martin does, hit anything and everything that moves. He's not going to add much as far as goals or assists but if you're in a league that rewards hits and he's available, don't forget about him as he is usually among the league leaders in this category.

  • Isles' Martin Will Play Wednesday

    News: Matt Martin (undisclosed) is expected to return to the lineup for the playoff opener versus the Capitals on Wednesday, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
    Analysis: Matt Martin had missed the last couple of games due to an undisclosed injury, but practiced Monday and stated that he felt "great" and ready to play again. The winger 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 hard-nosed game.
  • Isles' Martin Out Friday

    News: Matt Martin (undisclosed) is not with the team in Pittsburgh and won't play Friday against the Penguins.
    Analysis: The Islanders are playing it very close to the vest with their injuries, so there's no word on if Matt Martin will be able to return to the lineup for Saturday's regular-season finale versus the Blue Jackets. With the team clinching a playoff spot Thursday, it stands to reason that they could choose to play it safe with some of their banged-up players like Martin in order to ensure optimal health heading into the postseason.
  • Isles' Martin Unlikely To Play Friday

    News: Matt Martin (undisclosed) is unlikely to play Friday versus the Penguins, according to Newsday.
    Analysis: Matt 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.
  • Isles' Martin Out Of Lineup Tuesday

    News: Matt Martin is nursing a minor injury and will miss Tuesday's match against the Flyers.
    Analysis: 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 Matt 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.
  • Isles' Martin Returns Saturday

    News: Matt Martin (suspension) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Panthers, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: Matt 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).
  • Islanders' Martin Suspended One Game

    News: Matt Martin has been suspended one game for kneeing Dallas' Trevor Daley on Tuesday.
    Analysis: Matt 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.
  • Isles' Martin Could Be Suspended

    News: Matt Martin could be suspended after being ejected from the game Tuesday for kneeing, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: Matt 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.
  • Islanders' Martin Picks Up Another Assist

    News: Matt Martin registered an assist Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
    Analysis: Matt 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.
  • Martin Boosts Isles In Win

    News: Matt Martin scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal and racked up 12 PIM in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
    Analysis: You won't get offense from Matt 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.
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