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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Annapolis MD

    Halak out six weeks, includes first round of playoffs

    Halak going down and being out for the playoffs is a huge blow for the Islanders, who are going to have to work internally to fill the backup behind Greiss, who doesn't even have a full game of playoff experience. This is going to be pretty tough for the Isles.

    The New York Islanders have been playing well of late and look like they're surging at the right time, but now they'll have to go forward without their starting goaltender for the remainder of the regular season and more.

    Head coach Jack Capuano revealed Wednesday that Jaroslav Halak will be out a minimum of six weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury in the third period of Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Halak earned the win in that game to run his record to 18-13-4. He also has a .919 save percentage and 2.30 goals-against average.

    Halak's timeline likely also costs him a shot at playing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, if not more. If the Wednesday's standings remain at the end of the regular season, the Isles would play the New York Rangers in the first round. That's a tough matchup as is, but especially so without your No. 1 goalie between the pipes.

    The team will now have to turn to backup Thomas Greiss for the duration of the regular season. The 30-year-old netminder has been solid this season, posting a .930 save percentage and 2.20 goals-against average in 29 appearances. He has also owns a record of 18-6-3.

    That said, Greiss has 41 total minutes of postseason experience, having appeared in one game while with the San Jose Sharks in 2009-10. So, not ideal.

    The Isles also have goalie Jean-Francois Berube on the roster currently. He has appeared in three games so far this season, which is the full extent of his NHL experience. Last season, he was a member of the Manchester Monarchs, former AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, and helped the team earn the Calder Cup.

    The Isles are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Rangers for a shot at home ice in the first round and five points ahead of the Penguins, who are in wild-card position. There's a lot to play for over the final four weeks of the regular season and then, regardless of the opponent, the Isles will have a tough matchup in the first round.

    The timing of this couldn't get much worse. The trade deadline passed just over a week ago, leaving the Islanders with no recourse to find some veteran help from outside the organization. Not only that, but to have this come down while the team is trending in the right direction of late with eight wins over their last 10 is a pretty big downer, too.

    Now the net belongs to Greiss. He'll make his first start as the Isles' de facto No. 1 on Wednesday night as the Islanders take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Cool Ranch, NM
    Quote Originally Posted by El Patito View Post
    Wow, you just won't let this go will you? I'd be more than happy to provide the numbers again if you'd like. The fact is that Marmol in his best season, put up one of the greatest performances by a reliever in the history of baseball. Better than Rivera? Youre damn right. You can't deny this.

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