News: Coach Jack Capuano said Cizikas (lower body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Predators, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though Cizikas still remains listed on the Isles' injured reserve list, the team is expected to open up a roster spot for him at some point in the afternoon by either assigning a forward to the minors or placing another active player on IR. The fourth-line center, who has six goals and 14 points in 53 games this season, hasn't suited up since the Feb. 16 tilt with the Rangers.
News: Boulton (lower body) is on track to play Thursday against the Predators, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: After completing the Isles' morning skate with no complications, Boulton is set to join the lineup for the first time since Jan. 17. He's still being listed on injured reserve for the moment, but expect the team to rectify that at some point in the afternoon. Boulton, who has appeared in just four games this season while serving primarily as a healthy scratch, is expected to replace the suspended Matt Martin on the Isles' fourth line.
News: Halak will be in the crease for Thursday's game against the Predators, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Halak might be starting to feel some more pressure on his job security after the Isles acquired Michal Neuvirth from Buffalo at Monday's deadline, but he'll still enter the net for the second straight game since the trade. Though his season ratios (2.47 GAA, .911 save percentage) aren't spectacular, Halak has ridden a productive supporting cast to a 33-13-1 record. Only two goalies have recorded more wins than him in 2014-15, with one of them being the Preds' Pekka Rinne, who he is expected to square off against Thursday. The Predators rank second in the NHL with 89 points, but the team is in the midst of its worst slump of the season, losing four straight games entering Thursday's tilt.
News: Martin has been suspended one game for kneeing Dallas' Trevor Daley on Tuesday.
Impact: Martin will be forced to sit out Thursday's game against the Predators as a result of his actions Tuesday. He will be eligible to return to action for the following game Saturday against the Panthers.
News: Martin could be suspended after being ejected from the game Tuesday for kneeing, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Martin was slated to have a phone hearing with the NHL on Wednesday to determine if there will be any further discipline. Martin kneed the Stars' Trevor Daley, who apparently will be out for a while due to the injury, and could be suspended up to five games, although one or two is more likely. Martin will be missed in leagues that reward hits.
News: Kennedy (upper body) was sent back to New York Wednesday to visit with team doctors.
Impact: Kennedy was a late scratch for Tuesday's game after suffering an upper-body injury. It's possible he could re-join the team on short notice, but at this point it would appear his status for Thursday's game in Nashville is iffy. The exact nature and extent of the injury is still unclear, but there may be more news available after he meets with the team doctors.
News: Cizikas (lower body) will likely return for Thursday's contest against the Predators.
Impact: Cizikas has resumed skating the past few days, and coach Jack Capuano indicated that there's a good chance the center would be back to start the team's road trip. If Matt Martin receives a suspension in Wednesday's hearing, Cizikas could be activated in a corresponding move.
News: Martin was suspended for one game by the NHL on Wednesday for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.
Impact: Martin, who was given a major penalty and was ejected from Tuesday night's 3-2 overtime loss at Dallas, struck Daley just 1:48 into the game. Martin, one of the NHL's hardest hitters, will sit out when New York visits Nashville on Thursday night and will forfeit $5,376.34 in salary that will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He has eight goals and 14 points while playing in New York's first 65 games this season.