For the second time in three starts, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz had to pull Thomas Greiss from the game in order to spark his team.
Last night was a game the New York Islanders will want to forget. They were bad in all three aspects of the game as they got blown out 6-2 by the Montreal Canadiens at the Barclays Center. For the second time in three starts, Thomas Greiss had to be pulled from the game.
For a majority of the season, the Isles were using a goalie rotation. It was working as it kept both guys fresh and they were both effective. That finally broke in December, but it didn’t take its biggest effect until February.
On February 13, Thomas Greiss laid an absolute egg against Nashville. He allowed three goals on eight shots and was promptly pulled 13:33 into the game. That performance got him a two week trip to the bench.
Barry Trotz didn’t spell Semyon Varlamov until February 27 when Greiss allowed three goals on 32 shots for a .906 save percentage. Greiss followed that performance with a .750 save percentage last night in the first period which got him yanked yet again.
Over his last six starts, Greiss’ best performance was that .906 against St Louis. His save percentage over this time is just 8.15 with a goals against average of 3.17.
He can’t be trusted in net right now as the Islanders hit their most critical stretch of the season. They will be forced to ride on Semyon Varlamov as everything else crumbles around him slowly. Barry Trotz is going to need nothing short of a miracle to get this thing right and have them hold on to a playoff spot.
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