NHL: Islanders’ Casey Cizikas serves suspension, and Habs’ Jonathan Drouin out for the season

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Apr 8, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) checks Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) during the first period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas was suspended by the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith on Saturday. Which he served in the Islanders loss to the Blues.

Cizikas received a two-minute minor penalty for hitting Smith early in the third period of New York’s 2-1 victory on Friday in Raleigh, N.C. Smith did not return to the game for the Hurricanes.

Cizikas, 31, has recorded 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 63 games with the Islanders this season.

He has 199 points (90 goals, 109 assists) in 653 career games since the Islanders selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Jonathan Drouin out for the season

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Oct 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin (92) celebrates after scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin underwent wrist surgery and will miss the remainder of the season, interim coach Martin St. Louis announced.

The operation was performed Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Drouin, who has been sidelined since March 21, is expected to make a full recovery and be available for the start of training camp.

Drouin, 27, recorded 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 34 games this season.

He has 252 points (75 goals, 177 assists) in 427 career games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Canadiens. He was selected by the Lightning with the third overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media