It's still early but it's already turning out to be a catastrophic evening for one National Hockey League franchise.
Not only do the New York Islanders currently find themselves down 3-0 against a Pittsburgh Penguins team that appears to be running on all cylinders on Friday night, but they have also lost one of their star players.
According to a breaking news report directly from the Islanders themselves, forward Josh Bailey has suffered some kind of lower-body injury and as a result he will not be returning to tonight's game against the Penguins. Bailey was notably absent when the Islanders came out for the second period of play, but it's unclear at this time exactly how he got injured.
Not only is Bailey one of the National Hockey League's leading scorers this season but he is currently second overall in terms of assists, behind only Philadelphia Flyer Jakub Voracek. Any long-term injury to Bailey would be devastating to the Islanders' regular season, and perhaps more importantly could even have an impact on the upcoming decision from star center John Tavares.