New York Islanders 3 Takeaways from 3-1 Loss to Buffalo Sabres
Fourth Line Still Dominant
Every single night the New York Islanders fourth line goes out there and leaves it all out on the ice. Sure, they play a physical game, but that physicality is so efficient at creating possession that it also typically generates offense.
Against the Buffalo Sabres that wasn’t any different.
Seconds before the end of the first period, that fourth line (Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, and Matt Martin) was at it again. They were able to pin the Sabres into their own zone with a trademark forecheck.
All that work resulted in the puck changing hands from the Sabres to the Islanders. Clutterbuck quickly passed it to Matt Martin who dropped it for Cizikas who buried his 13th of the season.
Matt Martin earned his seventh assist (he’s on pace for 20 points, a career high) and Cal Clutterbuck earned his ninth assist (he’s on pace for 23 points).
We know what the New York Islanders fourth line are. We know what they do. But to generate the type of offense they’ve been able to do is incredible.
Going into the playoffs its exactly the type of depth scoring that sets teams apart when the game is separated by margins.