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Casey Cizikas misses second straight game with jaw injury

Islanders center Casey Cizikas skates against the Detroit

Islanders center Casey Cizikas skates against the Detroit Red Wings. (Nov. 29, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Casey Cizikas needed some more time to adjust to playing with his jaw injury, so Jack Capuano sat him for a second straight game Tuesday night.

Cizikas suffered the injury while trying to make a hit Thursday in Phoenix. He caught Connor Murphy's forearm in his jaw and knew something was immediately wrong. "I felt like the whole lower part of my face just shifted," he said.

Cizikas skated Tuesday morning with a face shield to protect his jaw, so he likely will get back into the lineup this weekend. For a player who needs to be physical to have an impact, Cizikas has some concern about being able to be that player.

"I haven't been put in that position yet in practice, battling in corners and things like that," he said. "I think we're waiting until I feel comfortable with that contact."

McDonald not happy

Colin McDonald was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Although he's been slumping as much as some of his fellow forwards -- he had no goals in 11 games before sitting out on Saturday -- he doesn't understand why he was singled out.

"I had some conversations with the coaches and they expect more from me, and from everyone really," McDonald said. "I thought I was playing decently well of late . . . I really need to get that chip back on my shoulder when I get back in."

Visnovsky improving

Lubomir Visnovsky, who had backed off some mild off-ice activities the past two weeks in his recovery from a concussion, was at the Coliseum on Tuesday and said he's starting to feel somewhat better again.

He may resume off-ice activities in the near future if he is symptom-free. Visnovsky has been out since Oct. 21.

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