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New York Islanders Catch Break With Casey Cizikas

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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In the final seconds of the preseason finale, Casey Cizikas went down hard but New York Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz says he’ll be fine.

The last thing you want to do in the final seconds of preseason is get injured. On Saturday night, it looked like New York Islanders fourth line center did just that.

The Islanders took on the Rangers on Saturday, in their final preseason contest of the year before starting their season for real on Friday of this week. The Isles would go on to win 4-2 in a rather sloppy game.

In the final seconds of the third period, there was a scary moment as both Casey Cizikas and Vitaly Kravtsov went down hard and both limped back to the bench. When on the bench for the final seconds of the game, Cizikas was noticeably in pain.

Most teams losing their fourth-line center is something they can sustain. For the Islanders, it’s a little different. Zeeker potted 20 goals for this team last year, that’s a piece they need every night.

Luckily, after the game, Barry Trotz confirmed that Casey Cizikas will be fine.

That’s a big break for the Islanders who have a very tough opponent on opening night in just a couple of days. The four-time defending Metropolitan Division champions, Washington Capitals.

The Isles need their full squad ready to go, including the fourth line which they rely upon so heavily especially against good teams like the Caps. Who ends up rounding out the roster we don’t know just year, but one thing is for sure Casey Cizikas should be good to go for opening night.

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