News:Casey Cizikas scored his second goal of the series and added two assists as the Islanders tied the series with Pittsburgh at two apiece Tuesday.
Analysis:Casey Cizikas scored the final goal of the game, which put the bow on the present for the Islanders and may have also been the straw that broke the camel's back as far as Marc-Andre Fleury's status in the Pittsburgh nets.
News:Casey Cizikas (upper body) will play against Toronto on Thursday, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Casey Cizikas missed the second half of the game Tuesday after blocking a shot, but is good to go for the game against the Leafs.
News:Casey Cizikas suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game against the Panthers and will not return, Katie Strang of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The exact nature and severity of Casey Cizikas' injury are unknown, so consider him day-to-day until the Islanders elaborate.
News:Casey Cizikas scored the first goal of his career Tuesday in a win over the Penguins.
Analysis: This one's gonna be memorable, coming as it did as the opening salvo in a big statement game for the Isles. Casey Cizikas stole the puck from Paul Martin and scored on a wraparound. The soon-to-be-22-year-old has 21 points in 31 games for AHL Bridgeport this year and picked up 45 in 52 games there last year, so he's got some offensive chops.
News: The Islanders have returned Casey Cizikas to AHL Bridgeport, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Casey Cizikas, who ended up tied for Bridgeport's scoring lead (44 points in 51 games), was given a chance to play in the NHL with the Islanders in late February and managed four assists in 15 games during his stay with the big club. Now that the Islanders' season is finished, Cizikas is headed back to Bridgeport to see more ice time.
News:Casey Cizikas (illness) is expected to play Tuesday against the Capitals, Newsday reports.
Analysis:Casey Cizikas missed the past two games with a flu bug after making his NHL debut just a couple weeks prior. He should be fine going forward.
News:Casey Cizikas (flu) will miss Saturday's game against New Jersey, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Analysis: It's not clear how long Casey Cizikas has been sick. Consider him questionable for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
News:Casey Cizikas will make his NHL debut Friday against the Rangers, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis:Casey Cizikas was strong for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL this season, posting 44 points (15G, 29A) and a plus-25 ratio. It will be interesting to see what the 20-year-old can do with his opportunity in the NHL, but it's hard to imagine anything close to his AHL production with less ice time.
News: The Islanders have recalled Casey Cizikas from AHL Bridgeport, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Casey Cizikas, who leads Bridgeport in scoring with 44 points in 51 games, is rewarded for his fine AHL play with a promotion to the big club, where he figures to serve as a depth forward.
News: Cizikas signed an entry-level contract with the Islanders on Tuesday, Globe & Mail writer James Mirtle reports.
Analysis: In addition to averaging over a point per game, Cizikas skated to a plus-43 rating for his junior team last year. He'll presumably need at least a year in the AHL before he'll seriously compete for playing time in the NHL, but Cizikas looks like a decent prospect for the Islanders.
Contract Deadline Looming For Cizikas And Islanders
News: The Islanders and Cizikas have until June 1 to reach a contract agreement, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Both sides believe a deal will get done; if, however, a deal is not reached, Cizikas would go back into the 2011 NHL Entry draft. Cizikas posted 29 goals and 64 points in 52 games as captain of his junior team this past season.
News: Cizikas injured his hand during a game, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: Cizikas will have a CT scan Monday to determine the exact nature of the injury and a timetable will then be known for his return to the ice.