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Top Matt Martin News

  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Lowest point total of career

    Martin finished the season with three goals, seven points and a rating of minus-2.

    The goal total was tied for the lowest Martin has had in his career in a full season. He also had three for the Maple Leafs in 2017-18. The assist total was tied for the second-lowest of his career, and the points were a career-low. The offseason ankle surgery likely played a part in the slow start, and Martin will hope that a normal offseason, without any rehab, will allow him to get back to playing at a higher level.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Nabs assist in loss

    Martin had an assist as the Islanders lost 5-2 to the Hurricanes on Sunday.

    This has been a subpar season for Martin. He has three goals, four assists and a rating of minus-1 in 68 games. Martin also has 68 penalty minutes and 225 hits. The hits are well off the per-game pace Martin had put up earlier in his career, and that's a concern as that is an essential part of his game. Martin could see his playing time decrease next season, especially if coach Barry Trotz believes Ross Johnston, with a similar skill set, deserves to play more.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Disappointing season

    Martin only has three goals and six points in 62 games this season.

    Martin is not on the team for his ability to score goals or set up others to do so, but averaging one point every 10-plus games will be the worst average of his career. Martin still isn't afraid to sacrifice his body for the good of the team, as he has 215 hits, though.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: No penalties in seven straight

    Martin hasn't been sent to the penalty box in seven straight games for the Islanders.

    Martin is known as one of the tough guys on the Islanders, and while he does lead the forwards for the team in penalty minutes, he only has 57 on the season. The odd thing, however, is that even though Martin is known for playing a tough game and the ability to use his fists, those 57 PIMS are the most he has had in a season since playing with the Maple Leafs during the 2016-17 season when he had the last of three straight seasons of 100+ PIMS.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Scoreless in 19 straight games

    Martin hasn't registered a point in his last 19 appearances entering Saturday's game versus the Bruins.

    He will never be mistaken for a skilled offensive player, but 19 straight games without a point is a little extreme. Martin has only two goals and four points in 51 games this season. His lack of offense is likely why coach Barry Trotz has made him a healthy scratch from time to time.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Won't play Tuesday

    Martin will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game when the Islanders take on the Capitals on Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Martin will ride the bench in favor of Ross Johnston, who will play on the fourth line with Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas. Coach Barry Trotz seems to prefer what Johnston can bring to the team at this point over Martin. Johnston is best known for his fists but does have some offensive ability for a man his size, while Martin is just that guy that hits anything and everything in an opposing uniform. Martin next will get a chance to play Thursday versus the Rangers.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Not expected to play Sunday

    Martin is expected to be a healthy scratch against the Ducks on Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Martin is expected to be replaced by Ross Johnston. Coach Barry Trotz believes both players have the same skill set and can play either one on the fourth line with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. Like Martin, Johnston is best known for throwing his body around and using his fists. If you're starting either in fantasy, you're likely hoping for a fight or two to pile up the PIM.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Healthy scratch once again

    Martin was a healthy scratch for the second straight game Tuesday versus the Avalanche.

    Martin seems to have been replaced on the fourth line by Ross Johnston. The difference between Johnston and Martin isn't so much in their physical presence; Martin hits everything that moves while Johnston can keep opposing teams honest with his fists. The difference seems to be that Johnston looks to possess more offensive ability than Martin, who has just four points in 40 games this season. Coach Barry Trotz seems to prefer finding offense, as minuscule as it may be, from wherever it may be.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Scoreless in six straight

    Martin has gone six straight games without registering a point.

    While Martin may not help the team as far as points are concerned, he's not a liability either, as his job is to provide energy and physicality. Martin also has a rating of plus-2, which is second among forwards for the Islanders. Martin could be a healthy scratch from time to time so that younger players with less physicality but more ability to light the lamp can play.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Scoreless in five straight

    Martin only has two goals and two assists along with a rating of plus-1 in 37 games this season for the Islanders.

    The plus-1 rating leads all regular forwards for the Islanders as only Kieffer Bellows, who has played 22 games, has a better rating at plus-2. Martin also leads Islanders' forwards and is third in penalty minutes with 42. Martin's value for the Islanders will never be on the scoring side; it's measured in the hits he hands and the energy he provides the team. Martin should be playing with his usual linemates, Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas, when the Islanders take on the Kraken on Tuesday.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Only three points this season

    Martin only has one goal and two assists in 31 games this season.

    Martin missed the first two games of the season due to offseason surgery and has never seemed to get back in sync. At times, Martin has even been a healthy scratch in favor of Ross Johnston. The Islanders don't rely on Martin to wrinkle the twine, but three points at his point of the season for a team that is again struggling to score goals isn't great.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Nets insurance marker

    Martin scored a goal on two shots, levied three hits, blocked two shots and went plus-2 in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Canucks.

    It was a rare productive outing for Martin, who helped squash the Canucks' comeback hopes late in the third period. The goal was his second of the season and his fourth point in 32 contests. He's been better of late with three of his points coming in the last 10 games, but he's still a fourth-liner on a low-scoring team. In deeper fantasy formats, managers may have some use for Martin's 116 hits and 40 PIM, but his offense leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: One point in last eight games

    Martin only has a single goal and two assists in 31 games for the Islanders this season.

    It's been a trying season for Martin, who came into the campaign rehabbing an injury. The Islanders' schedule, which has been chopped up due to the opening 13 game road trip and COVID-19, hasn't helped matters either. Martin isn't expected to score more than a handful of goals; his role is to hit anything in a different color jersey and provide energy for the team. Unfortunately, with the Isles once again in a goal-scoring slump, everyone who isn't lighting the lamp gets looked at in a different light.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Finds rare helper

    Martin added an assist in a 3-2 loss to the Kings on Thursday.

    Martin is not a historically productive offensive player, with just three points to his name this season. The left winger has provided a goal and an assist in his last six games though, after having gone the previous 22 games with just one point.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Fills empty cage

    Martin scored an empty-net goal on two shots, doled out three hits and went plus-2 in Monday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.

    The Islanders got a combined two goals and four points from their fourth line, with Martin finishing the scoring with his empty-netter. It was the veteran winger's first goal of the season. He's added one assist, 20 shots on net, 84 hits, 31 PIM and a minus-2 rating. He's not likely to add much offense going forward, so fantasy mangers don't need to pay much attention to Martin's production.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Draws back in Saturday

    Martin was back in the lineup as the Islanders were blanked 2-0 by the Capitals on Saturday.

    Martin was benched in favor of Ross Johnston as the Islanders beat the Devils 3-2 on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Isles, Johnston has been suspended for three games which allowed Martin to get back into the lineup. Martin was scoreless with three hits and one blocked shot in 11:17 of playing time Saturday.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Healthy scratch Thursday

    Martin is a healthy scratch and won't play Thursday versus the Devils, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Ross Johnston will take over for Martin on the fourth line for the Islanders along with Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas. Martin will get a chance to get back in the lineup Saturday versus the Capitals.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Returns to practice Thursday

    Martin (COVID-19 protocols) was on the ice for Thursday's practice session after exiting the NHL's protocols.

    Given the fact that Martin has just one assist in 19 games this year, he shouldn't be expected to offer much in the way of fantasy value moving forward. Still, with a number of players still in the protocols, Martin may have to log more than the 10:41 of ice time he is averaging this year.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Expected to play Wednesday

    Martin (COVID-19) is expected to be activated and play Wednesday versus the Red Wings, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Martin was placed in the COVID-19 protocol on Dec. 19 and missed the Islanders' 4-3 shootout loss to the Golden Knights. Coach Barry Trotz stated Sunday that Martin would be activated before the game Wednesday. Martin had been a healthy scratch for four of six games before the placement but will likely be in the lineup Wednesday as the Islanders were forced to place Zach Parise, Oliver Wahlstrom, Anthony Beauvillier, and Cal Clutterbuck in the COVID-19 protocol Sunday.

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  • Islanders' Matt Martin: Enters COVID-19 protocols

    Martin has entered the league's COVID-19 protocols and is not in the lineup against Vegas on Sunday.

    Martin has just one point in 19 games this season while serving up his usual level of physicality with 72 hits and 29 PIM. Defenseman Robin Salo was also placed in COVID-19 protocols just ahead of puck drop Sunday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Windsor, ON
Age: 33
Experience: 13
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