Vezina (Best Goalie) – Thomas Greiss
Both goalies have had their ups and downs this season. Which is the entire benefit of running a duo instead of running everything through a single starter like most NHL teams do.
But of the two goalies on the Islanders roster, Thomas Greiss is having, so far, the better year.
In 22 starts, Greiss has 14 wins while averaging a 2.50GAA and a 0.922SV%. In 27 starts, Semyon Varlamov has 15 wins and is averaging a 2.59GAA and a 0.915SV%, with two shutouts. Both goalies are playing well, Greiss is just the better of the two.
Again, Greiss hasn’t always been perfect. From December 17 to January 7, Greiss averaged 3.5 goals against per game and a save percentage of 0.806. And he sat for it. His next outing was a 9:45 cameo in relief of Varlamov against the Rangers on January 13 a week after his last start.
Varlamov got a run with the crease and Greiss had to sit and watch. A move that certainly pushed him and got him back to the level we’ve come to expect.
Again, Greiss has easily been the better of the two shot-stoppers on the Islanders roster. Varlamov is stopping fewer pucks than Greiss and only has one more win even though he has five more starts than Greiss.