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Cizikas out 3-4 weeks for Islanders with lacerated left leg

Center sustained injury from skate cut against Flyers

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Casey Cizikas will be out 3-4 weeks for the New York Islanders because of a left leg laceration and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

The center was injured 3:23 into the first period of a 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center on Tuesday, when he was cut by the skate of Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov.

"Other teams around the League have had major injuries and just keep the next-man-up mentality," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday. "That's what we've been doing."

New York is already without forward Cal Clutterbuck, who has missed the past 22 games with a wrist injury, and defenseman Adam Pelech, who is out the remainder of the season after sustaining an injury to his Achilles tendon Jan. 2. 

Cizikas has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in 48 games, and 171 points (74 goals, 97 assists) in 534 games through nine NHL seasons, all with New York.

"It's really tough," captain Anders Lee said. "He's such a mainstay in our lineup that we've all got to step up and find a way to fill his shoes."

The Islanders recalled forward Cole Bardreau from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. The center has two points (one goal, one assist) in nine games with New York this season.

The Islanders (33-16-6), who are third in the Metropolitan Division, begin a four-game road trip on Thursday when they play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, MSG+2, NHL.TV).

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