Cizikas picked up a goal and assist in a 5-1 win over the Lightning on Sunday. The Islanders' forward has posted six points over a nine-game stretch but hasn't exactly spread out his production. His six points came in three games, with Cizikas being shut out in the remaining six contests. Suffice to say, it's been a streaky season for the 27-year-old. However, for the first time in his career, Cizikas has scored double-digit goals in a season and with 19 points in 37 games, is on pace to eclipse his previous career-best 29-point season from 2015-16.
Cizikas notched a pair of helpers in Saturday's 4-3 win over St. Louis. The 27-year-old continues to add to his career year and is now up to 17 points in 33 games. Even though he's putting up bigger numbers than ever before, in his eighth NHL season, Cizikas shouldn't be relied upon to provide consistent fantasy production.
Cizikas didn't practice Friday for the Islanders as coach Barry Trotz elected to give him a maintenance day, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Cizikas will play Saturday in St. Louis. Trotz likes to give his veteran players a day off from practice now and again to keep them fresh over a long season. Cizikas has already surpassed his career high in goals with 10 this season and seems likely to set career highs across the board in his first season with Trotz as head coach.
Cizikas scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in Friday's 6-3 win over the Senators. The goal was his 10th of the season, giving the checking-line center a new career high in that category. Cizikas has gotten there largely on the strength of an elevated 23.8 percent shooting rate, and while his 15 points through 29 games is surprisingly solid, he doesn't see enough ice time to keep up that scoring pace.
Cizikas, with eight goals through 27 games, is on pace to shatter his career best in single-season tallies as a member of the Islanders. Cizikas also has a rating of plus-7, as he centers the checking line for the Isles with Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck typically flanking him. The team doesn't rely on Cizikas to score goals, but New York will certainly take the 15-20 he is on pace for this season. That checking line is used to shut down the opposition's top offensive line and/or give the team a shot of energy when coach Barry Trotz thinks it is needed.
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