Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Bailey out till Break
The Islanders will be minus Josh Bailey until the Olympic Break. The second-year pivot is banged up with one of those "lower body" injuries. In 55 games this season, the 20 year-old former 2008 ninth overall pick has posted 13 goals and 14 assists totaling 27 points (career best). Following a slow start, he's been one of the Isles' best players recording a personal high seven-game scoring streak (12/29-1/12) in which he tallied 12 points (4-8-12).
Bailey's improvement along with the development of young guns John Tavares and Kyle Okposo are big reasons why the franchise has a bright future. Losing their second line center is tough, especially on a low scoring club not finishing. During a five-game skid that's seen them lose ground in the playoff race, the Isles have scored only six goals. It's just another obstacle for Scott Gordon's team to overcome.
Following a three-day layoff, they return to action tomorrow visiting Tampa Bay before coming back home to host Carolina this weekend.