Won’t Always Get Bailed Out By Fourth Line
In the opening minutes of the first period, Casey Cizikas scored his 17th goal of the season, for a 1-0 lead. With that goal, Cizikas is now tied with Mat Barzal in goals for the New York Islanders.
While it’s an incredible achievement for Casey Cizikas, the New York Islanders have been far too reliant on their fourth line to get them going on the scoreboard.
Barry Trotz indicated after the loss to the Edmonton Oilers that only two lines showed up on the road trip. The Cizikas line was one of those lines that have shown up. As they normally do.
You can argue that a trade for a top six player needs to happen. And you’d be right. But the Islanders need their current top six players to act like it.
Although that might be difficult with Tom Kuhnhackl and Leo Komarov being slotted next to Mathew Barzal on the Islanders second line.
While its great that the New York Islanders are getting 17 goals out of Casey Cizikas from the fourth line. But too frequently those Cizikas goals are springboards for the Islanders to get into a game.
All that to say, the production from the fourth line is great, and long may it last. But the Islanders need that production from Cizikas more than they’d care to admit. And that’s a problem.