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.
Cizikas will be out for four weeks with his upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Given this extended absence for Cizikas, he'll be lucky to see a dozen games left on the regular-season schedule by the time he's ready to return. As it stands now, the Islanders on the outside looking into the playoffs, and it might be in GM Garth Snow's best interest to find a suitable replacement for Cizikas if he's serious about extending the team's 2016-17 campaign. A physical pivot, Cizikas had consistently been called upon in shorthanded situations -- averaging 2:12 of ice time in that spot -- so his loss is a detriment to an already weak penalty kill that ranks 23rd in the league with a 79.8-percent success rate.
Cizikas left Tuesday's game against the Red Wings due to an upper-body injury and he was unable to return. Cizikas had picked up the pace lately, posted three goals and five points in the month of February. It isn't much, but the goals are his most in a single month this season and the five points tie a best for a month with another week to go. He has emerged as a decent option for fantasy owners in deeper pools with a good chance to surpass last season's career-best 29 points.
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