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New York Islanders 3 Takaways from Shutout Win Over Columbus Blue Jackets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders sits in the net after being pushed in by Jean-Sebastien Dea #10 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Barclays Center on November 03, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 03: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders sits in the net after being pushed in by Jean-Sebastien Dea #10 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Barclays Center on November 03, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 20: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders takes a break during a stop in play in the second period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on December 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Islanders 4-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wow, Thomas Greiss. Wow.

With a 3-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Thomas Greiss has  picked up his fourth shutout of the season. His career high was three in 2016-17.

We’ve talked about Thomas Greiss’ exploits before, but when he posts a 31 save shutout against a divisional rival in a four point game, we have to talk about him again.

Through three periods Thomas Greiss was a thorn in the Blue Jackets side. If they somehow managed to penetrate the New York Islanders miserly defensive scheme, Greiss was there to shut the door time after time.

Sometimes it was an out of this world stop with cat-like reflexes. Sometimes it was just him just being better than the shooters he faced. And other times it wasn’t pretty, but effective.

The entire team played a solid game up and down the ice. But when the opportunities were going the other way, Thomas Greiss had their back and kept Columbus off the score sheet.

Over Thomas Greiss’ last six games, he is now 5-0-1 with a 0.48GAA and a 0.984SV%. Again, those are video game numbers.

It doesn’t matter who the New York Islanders put in nets, whether it be Robin Lehner or Thomas Greiss. Either them have come up clutch for them all year.

Its remarkable how both goalies were written off last season and now both are at the top of their profession in the two statistical categories that matter (SV% and GAA).

(PS: Greiss also picked up an assist in the game)

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Thomas Greiss will cool down at some point. He is human after all. And when he does the New York Islanders can put Robin Lehner in there to frustrate opponents.

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