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New York Islanders: Casey Cizikas Good To Go For Opener

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on November 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on November 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After taking a spill at the end of the last preseason game, New York Islanders center, Casey Cizikas, is good to go for the season opener.

The last thing you want is for one of your players to get injured in the final minutes of the final preseason game. It looked like a reality for the New York Islanders as Casey Cizikas collided hard with Adam Fox on Saturday.

It appeared like Cizikas was in a great deal of pain back on the bench, but according to Cizikas, the video made it look worse than what it really was.

He missed two days of practice but was able to return yesterday. It appears like the Islanders will have their versatile fourth-line center for tonight’s season opener against the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum.

Last year, Casey had a career year offensively. In 73 games, he finished with 33 points (20 goals, 13 assists). For reference, Cizikas’ previous career-high in goals was nine, which he blew out of the water by January.

Most teams would be able to survive if they had to swap out their fourth-line center, not the Islanders (long-term). Cizikas is such an integral part of what this team is about and he’s far and away the best fourth line center in the game.

The Islanders are in much better shape with Cizikas anchoring that line over someone like Tom Kuhnhackl, he’s just that much better than your replacement level fourth liner.

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