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.

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