New York Islanders Daily: Thomas Greiss Shines In Opener

By Matt O'Leary
NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 31: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders reacts after Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils scores in the second period on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 31: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders reacts after Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils scores in the second period on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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In the New York Islanders season opener, Thomas Greiss was fantastic stopping 45 of the 46 shots that came his way.

Last season was one that Thomas Greiss would like to forget. The New York Islanders netminder had a save percentage below .900 and a goals against average of 3.82. He was arguably the worst netminder in the league.

Well, this summer he worked with his old goalie coach, and the New York Islanders brought in Goalie Guru Mitch Korn as the director of goaltending. Perhaps it helped, as Greiss was flat out dominant in game one.

Similar to last year, Greiss was under siege for almost the entire game. He made some highlight-worthy saves and put himself in good position, something that wasn’t happening last season.

He didn’t allow a goal until there was 1:35 left in the third period and the Hurricanes had an extra skater on the ice. The Islanders luckily went on to win in overtime to preserve the victory for Greiss who finished the night with a .978 save percentage.

It was surprising to see him get the nod to start over Robin Lehner, but Greiss impressed in his first outing of the year. Hopefully, good Thomas is back, like how he played in 2015-2016.

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