New York Islanders: Casey Cizikas Returns To Lineup

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ondrej Palat
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ondrej Palat /

After putting Casey Cizikas on IR just four days ago, he will be in the lineup for the New York Islanders tonight in Pittsburgh.

Doug Weight announced the New York Islanders lineup for their game in Pittsburgh and there was a bit of a surprise. Casey Cizikas, who was just placed on IR four days ago, is back in the lineup for their game tonight.

Cizikas suffered a lower-body injury in the Islanders 2-1 over the Ottawa Senator a couple weeks ago.

With Cizikas active Doug Weight’s lineup looks a bit different from what we’ve grown accustomed to over the past two-weeks.

The one that concerns me here is Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk has run into injury problems ever since he’s come to the Islanders in 2014. Hopefully, he isn’t out for a long period of time because the Islanders desperately need some consistency from their defense.

So far this year Boychuk is a plus-eight with eight points on the season.

Alan Quine’s injury although brutal for him isn’t a major issue for the Islanders at this point. Cizikas will fill Quine’s role even better than Quine did.

Anthony Beauvillier can be bumped back to the third line where he belongs and the Cizikas and Clutterbuck line can be reunited.

Thomas Hickey is back in the lineup tonight as well. Hickey has played in just 19 games this year but has been productive when he’s in the lineup. His 52.8 CF% speaks for itself.

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The Isles head into Pittsburgh coming off a “Dougie Blowout” in Tampa Bay. It’s imperative that they bounce back and win in order to not fall back in the standings.