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Cizikas is dealing with a back injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

It's not clear when Cizikas first sustained the injury, but he hasn't resumed skating yet and seems unlikely to play in the Islanders' final preseason game Friday. Cizikas looks like a safe bet to earn a role as the Islanders' fourth-line center if he's healthy, but with that no longer guaranteed, an opportunity could exist for Ryan Strome to claim that role.

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Cizikas has impressed the Islanders coaching staff so far this preseason, according to Newsday.

Cizikas plays a high energy up tempo game that coach Jack Capuano prefers. He made his mark on the penalty kill when first called up to the club but has gradually shown that he can handle more responsibility. The problem for Cizikas and many other Islanders is that they have a glut of good young forwards, not all of which will be able to make the team.

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Casey Cizikas has agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Cizikas had 16 points and 30 penalty minutes in 80 games with the Islanders last season. He was rather productive offensively in the minors before he established himself in the NHL, but he's not likely to spend much time on a scoring line with the Islanders.

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Casey Cizikas recorded two assists in the Islanders' 7-3 victory on Monday.

It was just the second multi-point game of Cizikas' career. The 22-year-old forward has five goals and 11 points in 42 games this season.

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Casey Cizikas will dress Saturday after missing Friday's practice due to a personal matter.

He's projected to center the team's fourth line. Cizikas has eight points and 70 hits in 36 games with the Islanders this season.

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Casey Cizikas didn't practice Friday because he was attending to a personal matter.

It's unclear if he will be available to play Saturday night against New Jersey, so we'll list him as day-to-day for the time being.

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Casey Cizikas returned to action on Friday December 20.

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Casey Cizikas (jaw) will not play on Tuesday.

There was a fair amount of optimism about Cizikas' chances of returning for Tuesday's contest after he participated in Monday's practice. He's still day-to-day.

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Casey Cizikas (jaw) took part in Monday's practice.

Cizikas should be considered probable for Tuesday's game after being unavailable on Saturday. He has three goals and seven points in 33 contests in 2013-14.

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Casey Cizikas missed Saturday's game after injuring his jaw on Thursday.

The Islanders are unsure of the severity of the injury as there is still too much swelling to determine if there is a break. Cizikas is in pain so it does not look good in regards to a quick return. Cizikas has three goals and seven points in 33 games and like most Islanders has been slumping of late with only one assist in his last nine games.