New York Islanders Three Players That Deserve A Rest

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: John Tavares /
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Goaltender Jaroslav Halak /

Jaroslav Halak

Minutes Played: 2,067 | Rank On Team: 1st
When is Thomas Greiss going to get a start? I know riding the hot hand is a standard NHL strategy. And that Jaroslav Halak gives the Islanders their best chance to win on any given night. But there’s no way Thomas Greiss can get out of his funk if he doesn’t play.

And by that same point, there’s no way that Jaroslav Halak can stay fresh by playing every nine of ten games. It’s just not going to work. Remember when the Islanders did the very same thing to Thomas Greiss just last season and had to call Jaro back from Bridgeport?

Jaroslav Halak is starting against Buffalo tonight. That’s his third start in a row and ninth start in the last 11 games. That’s one heck of a workload. And we haven’t even discussed the fact that the Islanders allow a billion shots against per game.

It’s actually an average of 35.6 shots against per game. Which is flatering when you consider that they’ve allowed no less that 40 shots against over their last four and averaged 40.8 in Halaks last ten starts. Halak’s been putting in one heck of a shift between the pipes.

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I imagine that Greiss will play the second date of a back-to-back on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings and give Jaroslav Halak some much needed rest. Say what you will about the start of the season. Halak was bad then. But that isn’t the case now. Halak deserves a rest.