New York Islanders have one major weakness right now. And it’s goaltending. The duo of Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, just isn’t getting it done right now. And Matt and Mitch tell you all you need to know about the two.
For one the New York Islanders goaltender situation wasn’t full of drama. Over the last few season, Isles fans were treated to Garth Snow’s extra special GM’ing techniques as he enlisted three goalies in his active roster.
Having three goalies happens to teams from time-to-time, but to have it stretched out over two full seasons is another thing all together. And obviously, it caused some problems.
None worse then last season when Jaroslav Halak’s agent took to Twitter to vent his frustration with the team and its strategy. A strategy that so negatively impacted Jaroslav Halak he was playing in the AHL by the new year.
But with Berube taken as tribute to the Vegas Golden Knights expansion the New York Islanders were finally free of the three headed goaltending monster. Halak was free to get as much practice time as he needed to stay sharp.
But here we are in mid-November and Halak is sporting a 0.898 SV% and 3.05 GAA. To be fair it’s not just Halak. While counterpart Thomas Greiss has stolen two games this season for the Isles, his 0.906 SV% and 3.28 GAA don’t look any better.
So what are the New York Islanders to do? Go hunting for a goaltender in a trade? Or do they just stay the course and hope that the two return back to their normal selves?
What Else Do We Talk About?
It’s not just all abut shot stoppers this week. We gave some other topics some love:
- The performances in Dallas and St. Louis are so very confusing. What is this team? At just above 0.500 this won’t be enough to make the playoffs
- Josh Ho-Sang is back. Is he back for good though? Will Garth Snow change his status from “Emergency Loan” to a full fledged call-up? (Spoiler: Mitch doubts it very much.)
- The duality of Islanders fandom was on full display when Anthony Beauvillier blocked not one, but to shots at the point in the final minutes in Dallas. We want heart, but we don’t want it like that….
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