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Casey Cizikas took a puck to the leg on Sunday and had to leave the game. He wasted no time, coming right back to play for the New York Islanders last night. Just two days later.

The Islanders have an extra forwards at the moment with Mathew Barzal. He’s been a healthy scratch in three of their first four games. There was no reason to play if Cizikas was really banged up. But he showed his toughness.

“We’re here to play hockey and if I feel well enough to go out there I’m gonna go out there. Not much is gonna stop me.”

That’s good to hear out of Cizikas. He’s a valuable asset to this team, especially on the penalty kill. Casey and Cal Clutterbuck have great chemistry together on both the PK unit and the fourth line. They already know where the other one will be and can send blind passes, like we saw last night on one of the PK’s.

As for Barzal, it’s going to be tough to get Beauvillier out of the lineup. Jack Capuano has to play the hot hand in Beau, but it does Barzal no good sitting in the press box.

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