New York Islanders: Goalie Situation Is A Gigantic Problem

By Matt O'Leary
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 6: Thomas Greiss
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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 2: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after giving up the go head goal to the Washington Capitals during the Islanders 4-3 loss at Capital One Arena on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders have a gigantic problem in net. Neither Thomas Greiss or Jaroslav Halak are playing well enough at all.

It’s no secret, the New York Islanders goalie situation stinks out loud. While the offense has flourished this season the play in net has been subpar to say the least. Neither Jaroslav Halak or Thomas Greiss are giving you enough to be an elite team.

Elite goalie play is hard to come by these days. You can count on one hand the number of elite goalies in the NHL.

But I’m not asking for these guys to be elite. I’m just asking them to play to the back of their hockey card. If each of the two played to the level we know they’re capable of wouldn’t that make a difference in your outlook on the season?

To me, the one thing holding this team back from elite status, or a legit contender status is play in net. They have the offense, they should have the defense, they just don’t have the goalies.

If the Islanders had average NHL goaltending they’d be fine. Heck, they’d likely have more wins and be in a better position in the most competitive division in the league. Let’s take a look at the Isles two netminders.