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New York Islanders: 3 Disappointments So Far In 2017-2018 Season

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: New York Islanders players skate in warmups past players children prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: New York Islanders players skate in warmups past players children prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Disappointment 1: The Goalies

We’ve used the New York Islanders goalie tandem as a talking point quite often this season. At times it feels like we’re beating a dead horse, but the problem is the play in net is such a severe topic we can’t not talk about it.

Jaroslav Halak has been the better of the two. He is 10-8-2 with a .906 save percentage a 3.01 goals against average and a .474 quality start percentage.

Those numbers aren’t particularly great but they are much better than what Thomas Greiss has given you. Greiss has a .883 save percentage a 3.83 goals against average and a .353 quality start percentage.

Both Halak and Greiss have been a major disappointment so far. If they played to their career average, for Halak a .916 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average and for Greiss a .913 save percentage a 2.63 goals against average, the Islanders would likely be in a top-3 position in the Metro.

The offense is championship level, but with a sub .900 save percentage the Isles likely won’t do damage come playoff time. That’s one thing that is going to have to change.

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