New York Islanders Three Takeaways From 2018-19 Game 1
Goals Against: 1
Saves: 45 (46 shots) – 0.978SV%
While Valtteri Filppula and Josh Bailey scored both goals that gave the New York Islanders the win, it was Thomas Greiss that truly earned the Isles the two points.
Thomas Greiss had a terrible year in 2017-18. He played 27 games and put up a 3.82GAA and a 0.892SV%. With two years remaining on a three-year $10 million deal, there was no question the Islanders were going to be able to move Greiss.
Adding Mitch Korn as the Islanders Director of Goaltending, Piero Greco as the teams goaltending coach, and reuniting with his former training coach (name here) has clearly benefitted Thomas Greiss.
During the pre-season, Greiss looked solid between the pipes. He was moving comfortably and just looked at ease with his lateral movements. Something he and (enter coach name here) have been working on during the offseason.
But that was preseason. We all know that preseason form doesn’t typically carry over. The Isles went 6-0-2 in the 2017 preseason and missed the playoffs by 17 points.
In his first start of the season, the Thomas Greiss of old was back. He was playing like the goalie that stole a playoff series from the Florida Panthers in 2016 and the same goalie that earned that three-year $10 million extension just two seasons ago.
For some reason, he didn’t earn the games first star (in fact he didn’t get a second or third-star nod), but Thomas Greiss was the difference in the Isles win.