New York Islanders Roster Comparison To 2015-2016 Playoff Team

By Matt O'Leary
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 27: John Tavares
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 27: John Tavares /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: Thomas Greiss /

Two years ago was the first year of the Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss tandem. It worked out really well for the Isles. They ended up getting a career year out of Thomas Greiss, and he filled in fantastically when Halak went down with an injury.

In year two things worsened. Both of their save percentages decreased while their goals against average increased. Two years ago Halak went 18-13-4 (a step back from his marvelous first year with the Isles) with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average.

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Last year those numbers weren’t so hot and the Isles ended up sending him down to Bridgeport. His record was 12-9-5 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average. Granted Halak played much better when he returned at the end of the year, but I think it’s clear he’s lost the starting job.

Greiss’ put up decent numbers last year 26-18-5 with a .913 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average. He began to tail off a bit when he was relied on every single day.

That’s not to say he can’t be a starter he just needs a more even split of time.

Overall Verdict

There’s no way they can recreate their 2015-16 tandem. That’s not to say that the two can’t be a competent goalie tandem this year for the team, I just think Halak’s seen better days and with all due respect to Greiss, he peaked in the 2016 playoffs.

Advantage: 2015-2016 Team