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Capuano hopes Bailey brings Bridgeport form

The Islanders' Josh Bailey skates against the Tampa

The Islanders' Josh Bailey skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Dec. 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jack Capuano had a clear vision for what Josh Bailey can do in his return to the Islanders last night.

"I want to see the game Josh played in Bridgeport carry over to here," Capuano said before last's night's game. "He played with a ton of confidence. He just needs to make sure he's skating, that he's in constant motion and when he has the opportunity to be creative and make plays, that he's making plays."

Bailey, who played his 160th career NHL game last night and would need waivers to be sent down to Bridgeport again, said it took about two weeks in the minors after his Nov. 24 demotion for him to get his game going again.

"From then on, I just had a little jump in my step from the minute I got to the rink," said Bailey, who had six goals and 11 assists in 11 games with the Sound Tigers, including three goals and three assists over his last four games. "It's just a winning feeling, a feeling that you're going to be successful that night."

Bailey was at home in Ontario when he got the call. He'd spoken with GM Garth Snow on Sunday, after Bridgeport's last game before its holiday break. "Garth told me to go home, see my family and if something changes, he'd let me know," Bailey said. "Obviously, something changed. It was great to come in here and see the guys smiling and be excited to be back."

Eaton returns, Hillen sits

Mark Eaton (groin) returned after missing three games, so Jack Hillen joined Bruno Gervais as healthy scratches. . . . Capuano wouldn't say if Dwayne Roloson, last night's starter, or rookie Nathan Lawson would get the call tonight in Newark against the Devils.

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