Casey Cizikas missed Monday's practice with a lower-body injury, sustained in the second period of the Islanders 2-1 win over Ottawa on Saturday.
Head coach Doug Weight said Cizikas' injury wasn't serious, but he didn't have a definitive timeline for a return. It could be as early as Tuesday, or as long as a week.
"He's sore today, so he took a day. I don't think it's going to be anything serious," Weight said. "He got hit in a spot that aggravated something. It could be three or four days, a week, he could be playing tomorrow. It's nothing too serious.
Anthony Beauvillier practiced in Cizikas' spot during Monday's practice and would likely draw back into the lineup if Cizikas can't go. Beauvillier missed Saturday's win as a healthy scratch.
Cizikas has eight points (4G, 4A) in 23 games this season and averages 2:28 SH/TOI, making him one of the Islanders top penalty killers. The 26-year-old takes a majority of the team's defensive zone draws and has won 52.7% (176 of 336) of his face-offs this season.
"He brings everything every shift. He's just hard working and plays the game very smart, but tenacious and he's hard to play against," Weight said. "He has a lot of draws in his own zone, a lot of assignments that he has to be above the puck and smart and battle against some talented players. He's fearless at shot blocking and really good at executing his job. Big loss if he's not in."
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