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New York Islanders: Casey Cizikas Returns To Practice

By Matt O'Leary
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 missing the last five games for the New York Islanders, Casey Cizikas is back practicing despite remaining on IR.

On October 8, the New York Islanders lost to the Edmonton Oilers. During that game, Casey Cizikas aggravated a nagging lower-body injury which kept him out for the Isles next game against the Hurricanes.

Before the Isles would take on the Blues on Columbus Day, Casey Cizikas was put on IR retroactively. Yesterday, Cizikas returned to practice for his first skate since that Oilers game.

Despite practicing, he remains on IR and there isn’t a real timetable for his return just yet. Barry Trotz liked what he saw from his fourth line center.

"“He skated pretty well,” Trotz said. “I don’t have any timeframe for him right now, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. That was a big load for him to handle. He’s been doing some skating, but that was a big load and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”"

The Islanders have been using Leo Komarov and Cole Bardreau to fill in for Zeeker on the fourth line. As you would imagine, the line hasn’t been too effective since Cizikas left the lineup two weeks ago.

Keep an eye out for the return of Casey Cizikas in the coming games. The fact that he’s skating Is a positive sign.

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