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New York Islanders: Thomas Greiss’ Insane Hot Streak

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders sports a newly painted mask prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders sports a newly painted mask prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Over Thomas Greiss’ last three starts with the New York Islanders, the man has been on fire stopping 102 of 105 shots against.

It was no secret, 2017-2018 was a year to forget for Thomas Greiss. Greiss, who was extremely effective with the New York Islanders for his first two years really struggled in year three. Greiss posted a .892 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average.

Now, through six starts Thomas has proved that last year was the outlier and not the norm. He’s 4-2 with a .944 save percentage and a 1.85 goals against average.

Clearly, the Mitch Korn and Piero Greco effect is making a legit difference for both Greiss and Robin Lehner. Both goalies have exceeding expectations through the first 13 games of the season, but Greiss has specifically shined lately.

Over the last three starts, Greiss has stopped 102 out of 105 shots. That’s a .971 save percentage in that span.

In the zone would be an understatement for Thomas Greiss. While Lehner has been banged up he’s stepped up to the fullest and has been playing out of his mind especially in the last three starts against the Devils, Penguins, and Hurricanes.

In three out of his first eight starts, Greiss has allowed one goal or less. He did that twice in all of last season. Also, in back to back games, Thomas Greiss stopped both Sidney Crosby and Taylor Hall on a breakaway. That’s truly remarkable.

Greiss is still under contract for one more year after this year so he seems like a bargain at $3.33 million for next season. He seems like a lock to be here next year either as the backup to Lehner again or one of the kids like Linus Soderstrom or Ilya Sorokin.

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But for now, let’s enjoy the ride of the first place Islanders led by their impressive goalie play.

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