There’s a chance the streak Matt Martin never wanted ends here. An undisclosed member of the Toronto Maple Leafs forward core — a talented, chemically combustible dozen that has been slicing through the competition at an 11-2 clip without their toughest member in uniform — is sick Thursday. If that player remains under the weather come the 7 p.m. ET puck drop, then the 13th forward’s games-played drought will end exactly one month and 13 unlucky games after it began, against his former team no less. "What happens in sport is when you get out and the other guys play good and they win, sometimes you don’t get back in right away. That’s just the way it is," said Leafs coach Mike Babcock Thursday, in advance of a tilt versus the New York Islanders. "That doesn’t make it easy for him in any way, but he’s a good pro who works hard every day and he’ll be ready." Despite holding contracts beyond 2018, both Martin and automatic scratch Josh Leivo were leapfrogged on the Leafs’ winger depth chart by the speedy Kasperi Kapanen, who soared out of the American Hockey League in January to kill penalties and take jobs.
A Matt Martin return to Islanders could be ‘business as usual’
Sportsnet | Feb 22