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Isles Day-to-Day: Cizikas Practices in Anaheim

Casey Cizikas practices as the Islanders try out new lines at practice in Anaheim

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Barry Trotz is hopeful that Casey Cizikas will be able to return to the Islanders lineup on Wednesday night, after the injured center went through a full team practice on Tuesday. 

Cizikas, who missed Saturday's 5-2 loss in Nashville with a lower-body injury, participated in his first practice since Thursday. Cizikas was placed on retroactive IR to Oct. 8, meaning he'd be available for the Islanders if he's healthy and ready to play. 

"I have a lot of hope because he made it through practice," Trotz said. "He seemed to be in good spirits. He didn't leave early or anything, so there's a possibility for tomorrow."

Cizikas skated on a new-look line with Ross Johnston and Leo Komarov on Tuesday.

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The Johnston-Cizikas-Komarov line was just one of the changes at Tuesday's practice. Trotz made jumbled his forward lines and defensive pairings, though the coach did not commit to the new look for Wednesday's game. Cizikas' health will also impact lineup decisions for Wednesday. 

"We need to be a little more thorough through our lines," Trotz said. "Having a little bit of identity for each line and making sure they're productive." 

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As for the defensive pairings, Ryan Pulock was paired with Nick Leddy, while Luca Sbisa was paired with Johnny Boychuk. The Thomas Hickey-Scott Mayfield pair stayed intact, while Adam Pelech skated as the extra defenseman. 

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