This season hasn’t been the most ideal, for multiple reasons. The New York Islanders fourth line is currently the third-worst line in the NHL. This is pretty strange because in previous years Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck, and Casey Cizikas used to be a dominant trio.
Martin this season has had a pretty rocky start. With only one point off of one assist in the previous ten games, he hasn’t been a major force on the Islanders as opposed to previous years. Clutterbuck and Cizikas haven’t played their best hockey either.
It’s been a tough year for the fourth line this year as opposed to previous ones. A line change might be in the works. Here is what may be one of the best options for the New York Islanders in the fourth line debacle.
New Islanders Fourth Line Option
The fourth line looked better last night. The trio combined for a game-tieing goal. But they’ve largely been ineffective. If that continues, here’s a good option if they decide to change it up.
Kicking things off with this option would be Austin Czarnik. Czarnik could be one of the most underrated members of the team. If he’s given the chance and opportunity he could surprise a lot of people.
Cizikas would stay on the line. He has been one of the more solid members of the fourth line this season and for most years.
Finally, Cal Clutterbuck would remain on the line as well. Clutterbuck hasn’t had the best season so far. However last night versus Pittsburgh he picked up his first goal of the season being the second on the fourth line to score a goal behind Cizikas and also has two assists on the season.
Could This Work?
This idea could be a little bit out there but a switch-up in the lines could prove to be very beneficial for New York early on in a shortened season. Coming off a big win against Pittsburgh could prove to be a turning point and be the victory the Islanders needed to stay in it.