New York Islanders Three Signs They’re Ready for 2019 NHL Playoffs
The Islanders goaltending has been their strength all season long. Robin Lehner’s very first start with the Islanders ended in a shutout. Through the remainder of the season, he’s put up another four shutouts and holds a 0.926SV% with a 2.18GAA.
Don’t forget about Thomas Greiss and his 0.926SV%, 2.32GAA, and five shutouts to himself in 38 starts this season. The Islanders goalie duo has been fantastic all year long. But down the stretch pucks started going in that otherwise wouldn’t have.
Through March 3rd and March 21st, the Islanders were averaging a 0.902SV%, resulting in two embarrassing losses at the hands of the Boston Bruins (5-0) and the Montreal Canadiens (4-0).
But over the last six games, they’ve been averaging a 0.934SV%. The Islanders shot-stoppers are heating back up right as they head towards the playoffs.
We know how important depth scoring and the power play is during the postseason, but a hot goalie can change everything. And the New York Islanders have two of the better shot-stoppers in the league.
The New York Islanders can rely on Robin Lehner or Thomas Greiss at any point to keep them in a game. That’s an incredible advantage that no other team int he league possesses. Sure, the Tampa Bay Lightning have Andrei Vasilevskiy, but if he stinks up the joint, who’s backing him up?