With back-to-back shutouts, the New York Islanders have been able to push themselves into a playoff spot (barely). Has the goaltending rebounded or is this a temporary blip?
It was the first time in franchise history, on Friday night the New York Islanders blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 for back-to-back shutouts. Back-to-back shutouts. One from Jaroslav Halak on the imploding New York Rangers and one the next night courtesy of Thomas Greiss.
With performances like these, the team has to be playing well, right? The goaltending has to be better, right?
In a vacuum, as in, looking at simply the result (two shutouts) this certainly seems to be true. But take a step back and you start to see that goaltending has been improving while the team is still a shambles defensively.
It only took about five months for this goaltending duo to start performing. The Islanders could have used these performances back in December and January as the defensive core of the team completely imploded on itself.
Looking at each goaltender individually over their last five games and you’ll see that they’ve been getting better (finally). Now it’s time for the defense to start stepping up and contributing, not offensively. But defensively. You know.