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New York Islanders Three Positives To Remember

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Sebastian Aho #28 of the New York Islanders (l) celebrates his first NHL goal on the powerplay at 7:28 of the third period against the New Jersey Devils and is joined by Mathew Barzal #13 (l) at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Sebastian Aho #28 of the New York Islanders (l) celebrates his first NHL goal on the powerplay at 7:28 of the third period against the New Jersey Devils and is joined by Mathew Barzal #13 (l) at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Johnny Boychuk

Injured Players Are Coming Back

Injuries are never the reason. That’s what we’re always told. But looking at the number of injuries to important players the New York Islanders have sustained in a short period of time, is that exactly fair to disregard?

Between December 18th to January 19th, Calvin de Haan went down with a season-ending shoulder injury, Johnny Boychuk sustained a lower-body injury, Andrew Ladd picked up an upper-body injury, Casey Cizikas went down with an upper-body injury, and Josh Bailey was out for a week’s worth of games.

That two of the Islanders top four defenders, two players in their top six and their best penalty killer in the matter of a month.

We can blame management for not filling those spots with adequate players. But we also have to look at the depth of that injury run the Islanders went on. That’s a lot to sustain all at once.

Thankfully some of the injured are coming back.

Josh Bailey already made his return against the Bruins. Johnny Boychuk is skating with the team again and is with the team on their western road trip. Ladd is skating but hasn’t joined the team on their current road trip.

The return of 95 point pace player Josh Bailey and the not too distant return of the Islanders second best defenseman Johnny Boychuk is enough to give the most defiant Isles fan some solace.

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