ELMONT, N.Y. — The New York Islanders fourth line looked a little different on Sunday night. Casey Cizikas missed is third game due to COVID, but Matt Martin was mysteriously scratched as well.
Reporters first took notice during warmups that Martin was not on the ice and that Ross Johnston was on the ice. Johnston took Martin’s spot in line rushes and during the game.
Cal Clutterbuck was the only original member of the Islanders’ identity line on the ice on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Islanders did not provide an update over the absence of Matt Martin.
Matt Martin did play in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings and saw 7:07 of ice time. Martin’s last shift was at the 12:33 mark of the third and he did not skate in overtime.
Martin has one point in 17 games this season for the New York Islanders. His only point — an assist — was recorded on Oct. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Islanders had dropped 10 straight games entering Sunday’s showdown with Chicago. They are one of only five teams that the Islanders have beaten this season, which came back on Oct. 14 at the United Center.