Islanders' Casey Cizikas Out 3-4 Weeks With Leg Laceration


Islanders forward Casey Cizikas will miss the next three to four weeks with a leg laceration, the team announced Wednesday. 

Cizikas left Tuesday night's game when he collided against the boards with Flyers' defenseman Ivan Provarov during the first period. Provarov's skate blade appeared to cut Cizikas' left leg as both players fell to the ice. The 28-year-old was helped off of the Barclays Center ice under the guidance of the Islanders' medical staff. 

Here's where #Isles Casey Cizikas was injured.Looks to be cut with a skate blade.

— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) February 12, 2020

Islanders head athletic trainer Damien Hess later returned to the team's bench without Cizikas, who remained in the locker room for the rest of the opening period, according to The Athletic's Arthur Staple. He didn't return and was ultimately ruled out for the remainder of the divisional matchup. The team has diagnosed Cizikas with a lower-body injury. 

Head coach Barry Trotz didn't provide an update on Cizikas' condition following the Islanders' 5-3 win. New York, however, placed the veteran on injured reserve. 

Trotz says there’s no update on Cizikas right now, but hopefully they’ll have something tomorrow. #Isles

— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 12, 2020

The Islanders managed to fend of Philadelphia's late-game surge. Philadelphia's Sean Couturier scored with 1:32 left in the third period, which tied the game at 3. Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock broke the tie nearly 60 seconds later. Forward Leo Komorov put the game away with his third goal of the season as the Flyers pulled goaltender Brian Elliott for the extra skater.

Cizikas has appeared in 47 games in his ninth season with the Islanders. He's tallied 14 points (four goals, 14 assists) as the Islanders continue their pursuit of a second straight playoff appearance. He missed seven games this season as he recovered from a separate lower-body injury. 

The absence of Cizikas could likely impact how general manager Lou Lamoriello approaches the trade deadline. The Islanders have since recalled forward Cole Bardreau from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He recorded two points in nine games since he made his NHL debut in October.