Cappy's Battle Level Week 4

The New York Islanders have won two in a row after dropping three in a row in heartbreaking fashion, blowing three goal leads in the first two losses.  Fortunately, the ship has been righted for now, and the following guys have a lot to do with it.

Matt Martin- This spot could realistically be reserved for anyone on the fourth line lately (including Ryan Strome) because they have been the best line on the Islanders for a few weeks now.  The one that has probably stood out the most, however, is Matt Martin.  After trying way too hard to pick fights, & make himself useful so he wasn't considered for a healthy scratch, Martin has gone back to what has made him a fan favorite & key cog in this lineup; keeping it simple.  He's been ferocious on the forecheck, making good decisions in all zones, and have even chipped in some points as of late, including a snipe from the right circle past Keith Kincaid of the Devils.  Martin is putting himself in a position where it would be hard to take him out of the lineup.

Griffin Reinhart- Although Reinhart was recently returned back to Bridgeport, he played pretty well for a 20 year old kid.  He finally was willing to use his size to his advantage, play more aggressive in the offensive zone, and limit his mistakes (minus a 3 on 1 by the Devils on Monday).  He should be a key component of the Isles blueline for years to come, & it's nice to see that he is making strides & getting accustomed to the speed of an NHL game.

Matt Donovan & Thomas Hickey- Speaking of key components, there has been no one more important to the success of the Islanders lately with a beat up blue line than the combo of Thomas Hickey & Matt Donovan.  Hickey has picked up top pair minutes while playing sound, defensive hockey, while also throwing himself in the play & contributing some key offense these past few games.  On the other end, Matt Donovan is finally getting his chance to play more minutes, and the chance to play at all.  He has not disappointed, as he's been defensively sound & also been shooting from the point more than he usually does.  It's very hard when a kid that young is thrown in & out of the lineup, but Matt Donovan has taken everything in stride & knows he's ready to take the next step.

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