The islanders striker Casey Cizikas prevailed on Tuesday evening with a lower body injury against the Flyers and never returned.
Cizikas clashed with Flyers' defender, Ivan Provarov, and appeared to have been injured in the leg by Provarov's ice skate. He couldn't strain his left leg when the islanders' medical staff led him straight to the locker room.
The islanders excluded him shortly after the second half for the rest of the game.
Coach Barry Despite did not have much to report after the game, but said that ideally the islanders "would like to have another person in the middle position" if Cizikas should not be available for a long time.
The 28-year-old Cizikas is an important part of the island occupation, usually in the middle of the fourth line between Matt Martin and Leo Komarov. Cizikas already missed seven games this season due to another lower body injury. In mid-January, two games were missing after he shot himself into the groin area against the Bruins.
"Every time you see one of your teammates fall, it's the last thing you want to see," said islander captain Anders Lee. "Someone who is as hard as he is does not fall off easily. Hopefully Casey will come back here soon.
"I didn't have a chance to see him. He is such an important pillar in our lineup that we all have to make an effort to find a way to fill his shoes."
Despite having lost Cal Clutterbuck for an indefinite period due to wrist surgery, he had previously mentioned the difference Cizikas makes on the fourth line. But also on the penalty.
"The one area [that’s been affected] is the penalty, ”said defiance. "We lost a lot of penalties. Everyone thinks that anyone can kill punishments. It's an art. There are either good or bad penalties. The boys learn a bit on the fly, the boys get on and have to do it where they do it haven't done much all year. "
Before the win in Washington on Monday, Despite has significantly troubled the islanders' defensive pairings.
And he liked what he saw and made him keep the same pairings for Tuesday's win. He had said before the game that the changes would likely depend on who the islanders' opponent was that night.
"Just to make up for the situation a little," said Despite why he had made the adjustments. "I just think it will be important for us to involve all six people."
Nick Leddy and Ryan Pulock were the best defenders lately, Devon Toews in the second pair with Scott Mayfield and rookie Noah Dobson alongside Boychuk in the third.
Pulock remained a prop in the first pairing and Toews was promoted alongside him, while Leddy slipped with Boychuk in the second and Dobson stayed with Mayfield in the third pair.
Leo Komarov's assistance on Martin's first goal was his 100th in the NHL.