Nielsen had played 190 consecutive (regular season) games (every game since the beginning of the 2011-12 season) while Martin had played 121 consecutive games since missing back-to-back games due to illness on March 10-11, 2012. Other than those two games, the only previous NHL games Martin missed were when he was suspended for four games for his role in the February 2011 brawl game with the Penguins.
Andrew MacDonald is slated to become the Isles' reigning ironman as he plays (ball) for the 162nd consecutive game. Thomas Hickey is the only other Islander to appear in every game this season; counting last year's regular season finale he has played in 62 consecutive games.
This will be the first time since 2008-09 that the Isles do not have a forward who appeared in all 82 games. (In that season, no Islander appeared in more than 74 of the team's 82 games.)
The Islanders, who started the last game before the break without a player on injured reserve for the first since October, are also of course missing John Tavares.