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New York Islanders Josh Bailey Out With Lower-Body Injury

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Josh Bailey
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Josh Bailey /

New York Islanders have a few good things going for them right now. And one of them is Josh Bailey. And now he might miss some time with injury.

New York Islanders Josh Bailey is having a fantastic year. With his 38 assists and another 12 goals, he’s on pace for 105 points. He’s already a single point away from his career high 51 points from 2016-17, and it’s only 39 games into the season.

Call it a contract year bump, call it a continuation of what he did last season with those aforementioned 51 points. Call it whatever you’d like Josh Bailey has been fantastic for the Islanders.

And now, Josh Bailey picked up a lower-body injury.

From Bad To Worse

The New York Islanders have lost four straight going into Friday nights game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. They came out flying vs the Penguins but quickly fell to a 2-0 deficit in the start of the second period.

And then the news came that Josh Bailey was out with a lower-body injury.

Josh Bailey was one of the few positives on the Islanders season so far. And now he’s out. Who knows for how long. Hopefully, not long at all. Without him, Jordan Eberle is playing top line minutes, which is fine. But that means someone steps up from the third line.

A third line that just hasn’t been visible for a number of games now.

Islanders fans were dreading any change to a top six that has been one of the most productive in the NHL. Changing any element might just have a negative effect.

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Maybe bringing someone up from the third line doesn’t change anything. But the way things are going right now for the New York Islanders, you can’t blame Isles fand for being a bit pessimistic right now.