New York Islanders: 2018 New Years Resolutions

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21: John Tavares /
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Thomas Greiss /

New Years Resolution 4: Figure Out Goalie And Defense Situation

This resolution is kind of a combination of two things, but it makes sense to loop it together. The Islanders defense and goalie play has been subpar and if they want the playoffs to return to Brooklyn, they’re going to have to change that.

Thankfully, Jaroslav Halak has played much better as of late. His save percentage is up to .907 and his goals against average has dropped to 3.01. Now, these stats aren’t great but they’re trending in the right direction.

Thomas Greiss just has to turn things around. He’s got a .883 save percentage and a goals againt average north of 3.8 which is vomit worthy. If he too can get back to his old ways, the goalie situation will at the very least be competent.

As for the defense with the loss of Calvin de Haan and Johnny Boychuk, the Isles are in a little bit of a hole when it comes to the blue line. They have called up Sebastion Aho in the meantime, but they probably need to make a trade.

If they can figure out these two area’s the Isles will be in good shape going down the stretch of the season.

Next: The Impressive 2nd Line

These four resolutions are to help improve the Islanders as not only a team on the ice but also an organization in the year 2018 and beyond. 2017 was a big year for the Islanders, but the pressure is on as the calendar flips to 2018.