Cizikas will miss 2-3 weeks due to a lower-body injury and was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Given his timeline to return, Cizikas will miss at least the next six games, though it could certainly be longer. In 16 games this year, the center registered five goals, four helpers and 23 shots in a bottom-six role. With both Andrew Ladd (lower body) and Matt Martin (upper body) unavailable, the Isles have recalled Stephen Gionta and Michael Dal Colle from AHL Bridgeport.
Cizikas is "nicked up" according to coach Barry Trotz and should be considered questionable against the Rangers on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Cizikas started the season off strong, with nine points in 13 outings, but is currently pointless in his last three outings. The Toronto native is seeing a mere 11:44 of ice time this season, well off his 2017-18 minutes (13:13). If Cizikas can't play Thursday, the Islanders will likely need to recall a player from the minors.
Cizikas scored two goals on his only two shots while adding two hits, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens. The 27-year-old has never scored more than nine goals in a season. but Cizikas is off to a flying start to 2018-19, finding the back of the net five times already through 13 games to go along with four assists. He's only taken 19 shots, however, and his 26.3 percent shooting should cool down in a hurry.
Cizikas provided the team's lone goal in a 4-1 road loss to the Ducks on Wednesday. Cizikas overcame a lower-body injury and was activated from injured reserve Wednesday morning. He only skated for 9:38, but that's actually not far from the norm for the physical bottom-six center. He'll hope for a better team effort in Thursday's game against the Kings at Staples Center.
Cizikas (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Cizikas is expected to reprise his role as a bottom-six center against the Ducks on Wednesday night. He's a physical player, albeit one who has never hit the 30-point level since coming into the league in the 2011-12 season.
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