The New York Islanders have an elite goalie, and he’s technically their backup. Thomas Greiss has been unbelievable at 5v5 situations.
Right before puck drop on Sunday, I wrote how Thomas Greiss was underappreciated with Robin Lehner stealing the show last year. Greiss was nearly as good but the New York Islanders netminder doesn’t get a ton of credit from people who don’t follow the Islanders regularly.
Well, I have another stat for you to prove how good he’s been. Ray Petkau notes that during Greiss’ last 50 games he leads the league in 5v5 save percentage with a .936. At even strength, there’s not a better goalie out there right now.
In all situations, his .925 save percentage is second in the league over that span. Thomas Greiss is a very good goalie, in his role.
Don’t get this misconstrued, Thomas Greiss isn’t the long-term solution in goal for this Islanders team. He turns 34 in January and is on an expiring deal, in his five years with the Isles he’s more than served his role and they should be grateful for his time here.
This isn’t about the future though, it’s about right now, and for the second year in a row, the Isles should have one of the league’s best one-two punches in net. A team save percentage of .928 from last year might be a tough ask to repeat, but there’s no reason to think that a .920 is out of reach for Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov.
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