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New York Islanders Goaltending Stopping Pucks Getting Better

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders replaces Jaroslav Halak #41 in the nets during the second period against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on December 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders replaces Jaroslav Halak #41 in the nets during the second period against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on December 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 22: Thomas Greiss

Thomas Greiss

Last Five Games (From NHL.com):

Aside from that crazy Detroit game, Greiss has seen an insane improvement in his shot stopping. I can’t say the same for his goals against average, but in terms of the number of shots, he’s stopping it’s gone up. Way up.

Remember this a goalkeeper that had two sub .800SV% games so far this season. One against Ottawa where he allowed five goals on 20 shots for a .750SV%, and a .762SV% against Detroit with another five goals on 21 shots.

With the shutout against Caroline aside, Greiss hasn’t fared much better in the goals allowed department, letting in 19 goals in his previous four starts.

But in terms of shots stopped he’s gotten much better, in those last five starts Greiss is floating at a .902SV%. Before these last five games, he was floating at a .867SV%. Terrible! So terrible!

Just last week my co-expert Matt O’Leary wrote an article showing how Greiss is possibly the worst goaltender in the league right now. It’s easy to see that’s the case. But what we’re seeing over these last few games is a player that’s getting better.

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Of course, he’s now likely injured and could see some time out of the lineup. Right around when he was starting to turn his season around. Why can’t we have nice things?

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