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New York Islanders: Thomas Greiss First Star of the Week

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)
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)
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss earned the NHL’s First Star of the week after a masterful 3-1-0 performance and an impressive save percentage to go with it.

After Robin Lehner went down with an injury against the Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders fans collectively held their breath. Lehner has been the Islanders starter for most of the year and in an impressive and unexpected run, he’s been one of the league’s best goalies.

Luckily for the Islanders, their backup is just as good. Thomas Greiss has been fantastic for the Isles this year and this past week was no different. In fact, his play earned him the NHL’s first star of the week.

In four games, Greiss went 3-1-0 with a 1.25 goals against average and a .959 save percentage. He was fantastic, to put it frankly, over the past week.

On the season, Thomas Greiss is now 22-12-2 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.21 goals against average. After last year’s mess, a .892 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average, it’s amazing to see how far he’s come.

Without question, the Islanders goalies have been the best duo in the league and it’s a main reason why they are right there at the top of the division. If the Islanders are to make any noise come playoff time it will be because of the play in net.

Kudos to Thomas Greiss for taking home the first star this week. The Islanders can practically pick a name out of a hat to decide who gets the starts in net, that’s how good they are on a night to night basis.

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