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Josh Bailey Ready, Eric Boulton to Injured Reserve

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Boulton has been Martinek'd.

For he's a jolly good fellow!
For he's a jolly good fellow!
Bruce Bennett

The New York Islanders are slowly getting back to health {knock on wood}. Josh Bailey is coming off of injured reserve after recovering from a broken hand. As the team lands in Florida for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday, Eric Boulton will take Bailey's place on IR, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Boulton reportedly suffered a lower body injury in practice earlier this week -- must be overuse, having played three consecutive games after being a healthy scratch since the beginning of the season. He was scratched again for the 6-0 home win over Colorado.

Which means...with Bailey returning, someone else will come out of the lineup from last game. The betting here is that Cory Conacher sits out again after a one-game reprieve from his scratch in Arizona.

Note the lines at practice Thursday morning before the Isles left Long Island:

Kulemin-Tavares-Okposo
Bailey-Nielsen-Grabovski
Nelson-Conacher-Strome-Lee
Martin-Boulton-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

However it shakes out, it's nice to have depth.