Bailey posted an assist in Saturday's 2-1 loss against the Bruins, his second helper in as many nights. Bailey snapped a six-game scoreless drought last time out. He is up to eight assists in March, his second-most productive month of the season in that category. Every time he etches is name onto the scoresheet he improves his career high in points, too. Bailey is up to a career-high 39 assists and 51 points with a few more games left to go.
As expected, Bailey (illness) will be in the lineup against the Rangers on Wednesday. Coach Doug Weight seemed confident following Tuesday's practice that Bailey wouldn't miss any time with this bug, and it appears he was correct. The winger will retake his spot on the Isles' top line alongside John Tavares, and he should also be back on the No. 1 power-play unit.
Bailey missed practice Tuesday with an illness, but he's expected to suit up against the Rangers on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Despite averaging 17:54 of ice time, Bailey is stuck in a 12-game goalless streak. The winger has garnered eight helpers over that stretch, which is a product of playing alongside John Tavares on the Isles' top line. If the 27-year-old can't find his scoring touch soon, coach Doug Weight may start to consider replacing Bailey on Tavares' right side with New York just three points back of a wild-card spot.
Bailey recorded his second three-point game of the season Thursday against Vancouver, and now has five points in his past three games. Bailey has been very productive lately and continues to rack up the points. He's already surpassed his previous career high of 41 points, and now sits just three goals shy of tying his career high of 15. It's been a long time coming for the former first-round pick, who initially struggled with the speed and strength required to play center in the NHL, but over the past few seasons has been carved into a fairly dependable two-way winger on the Islanders' top six. He's been a surprisingly consistent contributor in fantasy this season, and playing alongside John Tavares has helped immensely.
Bailey picked up a pair of assists -- one on an empty-netter -- and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's victory over the Canadiens. Life's grand again for Bailey, who's posted consecutive two-point efforts on the heels of a seven-game slump in which he picked up just one lonely assist. Playing with John Tavares sure has its benefits.
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