While the team’s first line, which features captain John Tavares and two other über-talented players, has struggled out of the gate, the Isles’ fourth line has once again consistently added goals, provided momentum, sparked the intensity level, totaled hits and inspired a good fight.
They were called the greatest fourth line in the history of the NHL last season by NHL analyst Don Cherry:
Coach Capuano, too. This here is the fourth line with their team — the toughest line in hockey. Let me tell you about Clutterbuck, Martin and Cizikas. This here line, believe it or not, Martin and Clutterbuck have lead the league for seven years — off and on, either one — for hits if you can believe it. This may be the best fourth line ever in hockey as far as I’m concerned. Both guys… and ya gotta give Garth Snow credit.
Through 31 games, Cizikas, Clutterbuck and Martin have totaled 13 goals and 10 assists, while Martin and Clutterbuck rank one and three respectively in the hits leaderboard.