The Islanders are finally receiving good news about injuries to their players as Josh Bailey could be ready to play Thursday against the Bruins.
Bailey, who was out with a lower-body injury, was set to skate Wednesday at practice to see how he feels. Head coach Doug Weight thinks Bailey looks good, but practice will determine if the Isles put him in the lineup Thursday.
"Bails is feeling pretty good," Weight told The Post's Greg Joyce before the team's loss to the Devils on Tuesday. "We'll get him on the ice [Wednesday] and see how he feels."
The first-time All-Star is desperately needed for the Isles, especially after Shane Prince left Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury to become the latest Islander hit with the injury bug. Bailey is also the only Islanders player out that can potentially make their comeback this week. However, some are progressing well like Johnny Boychuk, who has been out since the end of last year.
"Johnny is feeling pretty good, but he hasn't skated yet so he's going to have to get some grease on his bones and [Andrew Ladd, out since Jan. 5] the same," Weight said. "But I think all of them are starting to turn a corner feeling a little better. So it's a little bit of good news."
Bailey has tallied 12 goals and 38 assists on the season thus far, while ranking 11th in the NHL with 50 points.