New York Islanders: Jaroslav Halak Has Turned The Corner

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Mathew Barzal
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Mathew Barzal
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 07: New York Islanders Mathew Barzal

Jaroslav Halak has not been himself this year. Sure, he’s shown flashes at times but the consistency just hasn’t been there. The New York Islanders need the old Jaro back as soon as possible if they want to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It seems he may be re-finding his form.

I’ll be the first to admit it. I turned on Jaroslav Halak. He looked so completely lost at times in net for the New York Islanders one had to wonder if his time as a competent NHL goaltender had run its course. After looking like a shell of his former self for the better part of the season it appears Halak has turned a corner on his journey back to the upper echelon of NHL netminders.

Imagine this. Jaro miraculously finds his groove and it sparks the New York Islanders to a playoff berth (and then some, hopefully). You couldn’t find a better storyline if Garth Snow wrote the screenplay himself, as I wouldn’t doubt he likely has at some point. (Dear Academy, my masterpiece: Welcome Worn Out Years Ago, GM Finally Gets His Glory. For your consideration <3 G.S.)

If the Isles could finally get some decent play from their goaltenders and continue the rampant offensive tear they’ve been on all season, there would be only a few teams who could stack up to the Islanders in a seven-game series.