Martin potted his sixth goal of the season into an empty net as the Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-0 on Saturday.
The victory means the Isles will host the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs, which will likely start either Wednesday or Thursday. While the Islanders would love Martin to chip in a goal or two during the series, his main job will be to hit Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and any other Penguin that he possibly can in order to wear them down over a long series.
Martin (upper body) is expected to return Saturday for a home clash against the Flyers, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
While he's clearly a bottom-six contributor, Martin tends to chip in offensively every once in a while. He's collected five goals and eight assists as a supplement to 220 hits and 87 blocked shots through 52 games.
Martin (upper body) is slated to sit out against the Senators on Thursday, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.
Martin didn't practice with a regular line during Thursday's game-day skate and figures to be out of action for his fourth straight contest. Even once cleared to play, the winger could struggle to break into the lineup on a regular basis and may find himself still watching from the press box in favor of Tom Kuhnhackl or Ross Johnston.
Martin (upper body) participated in morning skate, but he isn't expected to be available for Tuesday's matchup with Ottawa, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Martin is clearly making progress in his recovery, but he'll have to wait for Thursday's game against the Senators for his next opportunity to return to game action. Once healthy, the 6-foot-3 bruiser will return to a bottom-six role.
Martin (upper body) will not suit up in Sunday's home tilt against the Flyers, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
It will be the second straight missed game for Martin, who didn't suit up in Friday's game against Washington either. The Islanders will miss the grit he adds, as the 29-year-old has 220 hits and 13 points in 52 games. Ross Johnston should continue to take his place as the fourth-line left winger.
Martin is labeled day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Martin could return to action as soon as Sunday against the Flyers, but the team will lose out on some minor front-end depth against a high-powered Capitals club Friday. Ross Johnston will take his place as the fourth-line left winger.
Martin tossed four hits and added two blocked shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.
In his last 10 games, Martin has only one assist, but he has notched a massive 49 hits and 10 blocked shots. With 12 points in 51 appearances, he would need a miracle to challenge for a scoring title, but he is up to 215 hits this season, which ranks third in the league.
Martin has only three assists and no goals in his last 12 games.
On the season, Martin has five goals and 11 points in 41 games. His job with the Islanders is not to light the lamp but rather to provide a physical presence for the team and add energy by hitting anything in a different colored uniform. Martin has little value in fantasy leagues with the exception of those that reward hits.
Martin recorded a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The rugged forward posted just his second two-point night of the season Sunday and now has 10 points in 33 games. Martin is only fantasy relevant in deeper formats and otherwise shouldn't be deployed on a regular basis. It is worth noting that Martin, despite low production levels, is averaging 10:44 of ice time in 2018-19, a noteworthy statistic considering he's logged single-digit averages the past two seasons.
Martin only has two points, both assists, in his last 10 games.
Martin is not expected to light the lamp on any kind of consistent basis. The Islanders brought him back this offseason because he works so well on their checking line with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. The team expects Martin to be a physical force all over the ice and to drop the gloves occasionally when needed, a role he is well suited for.
Martin scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday in a 3-2 win over Detroit.
It stood as the game-winner. Martin has only played in 17 games this season and his impact has diminished from its heavyweight heights. He no longer delivers enough PIM to bring fantasy value. Nice night, but he needs to stay on the wire.
Martin saw just 8:49 of ice time in his return to the lineup versus Washington on Monday, in which he recorded eight hits.
Martin's primary fantasy value will come in formats that value hits, considering he has handed out 300 or more hits in a season five times and is on pace to reach that mark again this year. Other than that, the winger won't offer much in terms of fantasy production.
Martin (upper body) is no longer on injured reserve per the NHL's media site.
The fact Martin is no longer on IR indicates the 29-year-old will return to face Washington on Monday after missing the previous 10 games with an upper-body injury. In 11 contests this season, Martin has three goals and four points.
Martin (upper body) might be available for Monday's tilt with Washington, as coach Barry Trotz told reporters, "there's a chance," Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
If he is activated off injured reserve, it would end a 10-game stint on the sidelines for Martin, who last played Nov. 1 against Pittsburgh. The Ontario native was averaging 9:53 of ice time prior to getting hurt and will likely continue to see limited minutes in a bottom-six role once given the all-clear to play. Ross Johnston or Tanner Fritz would be the most likely candidate to get bounced from the lineup in favor of Martin.
Martin (upper body) will miss his 10th consecutive game Saturday evening, when the Islanders play host to the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Still, the skater is said to be closing in on his return.
"Getting real close," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said of Martin, who skated Saturday. "We're within striking range pretty soon." It looks like the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from the left wing has a good shot at drawing into Monday's home game against the Capitals, but it's best to wait for official team confirmation on the matter.
Martin (upper body) remains sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Martin continues to work his way back from an upper-body issue that will force him to miss his eighth consecutive game Wednesday. There's no set date for his return at this point, though Martin is apparently not too far off from retaking the ice.
Martin (upper body) won't play Sunday versus the Stars, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Sunday will mark the seventh straight game that Martin has missed due to the injury. The bruising winger is apparently close to returning so the Isles may be hoping that by keeping Martin out of the game Sunday he will be healthy enough to suit up for the game Wednesday when the club begins a stretch of four straight games versus division rivals.
Martin (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 1, the team announced Thursday.
While Martin could technically be activated ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Rangers due to the use of a retroactive designation, the team would have little reason to designate him for IR if he was going to play. In the meantime, the Isles have called up Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle from the minors.
Martin (upper body) will not be in action against the Rangers on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Martin will miss his sixth straight game due to his upper-body issue. Despite averaging just 9:53 of ice time, the winger has tallied four points in 11 outings and was providing decent depth scoring prior to getting hurt. With Martin out and Andrew Ladd (leg) and Casey Cizikas (undisclosed) both questionable, the Isles may need to call up a player or two from the minors.
Martin (upper body) has begun to skate with the Islanders, Laura Albanese of Newsday reports.
While it is good news that Martin has returned to skating, he is not expected to play Tuesday versus the Canucks, which will end up being the fifth straight game Martin will have missed with the injury. On the season Martin has three goals and one assist in 11 games, but what the Isles really miss is his physical presence. The Isles will hope that presence will be felt Thursday versus the Rangers.
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