Cizikas suggested Monday that he would require six more weeks for a full recovery from finger surgery, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Essentially, Cizikas wouldn't have been a factor in the postseason even if the club made it. Now that the Isles are eliminated, he can reveal the true nature of his injury. The 26-year-old forward finished 2016-17 with 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists), not enough to put him on rosters in the majority of fantasy leagues. Still, the Islanders have to be pleased with what they've received from their fourth-round pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft after they locked him up on a five-year contract prior to the season. He should be good to go for the start of 2017-18.
Cizikas will miss Friday's matchup with the Devils due to an upper-body injury. Per Arthur Staple of Newsday, Cizikas has been playing through his injury and it has done some more damage, making it likely that he'll sit for all of next week. This could be a case of rushing back from injury too soon, as Cizikas had played just six games after returning from an 11-game absence due to a similar injury. Shane Prince will draw into the lineup in Cizikas' place Friday.
Cizikas (upper body) is expected to play Saturday versus Columbus, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Cizikas has missed the past 11 games due to the injury but should resume his role as the center on the Islanders' checking line Saturday. The Islanders will look forward to the energy he provides as one of the better forwards on the penalty kill.
Cizikas (upper body) could return to the Islanders shortly, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Cizikas is a key part of the Islanders as he centers the fourth line. That is a line the Islanders use to bang the opponents top players and also a line they count on to add energy to their own team. Tuesday in Carolina seems unlikely but Cizikas could be ready to play at home Thursday versus Winnipeg or Saturday against Columbus.
Cizikas (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday. The energetic forward was already ruled out for four weeks Wednesday, so this move is essentially a formality. With Cizikas out of the lineup, Bracken Kearns will be centering the Isles' fourth line for the time being, though don't expect him to be nearly as productive as Cizikas in this role.
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