Islanders are unsure if Halak (upper-body) will be ready for the season opener.
Halak practice for the first time in over a week on Thursday, but was unable to make it all the way through the session. Head coach Jack Capuano said “we don’t know yet” when he was asked if Halak would be ready for next Friday’s season opener. Thomas Greiss would start the game against the Blackhawks should Halak not be ready.
Halak is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Halak is going to be held off of the ice for a few days but should be ready for the season opener. The Islanders open the season with a back-to-back, so he probably wasn’t going to play both games on opening weekend anyways.
Halak stopped 38 of 39 shots in the Islanders 3-1 win in Game 6. The win forces Game 7, which, is there anything better than a Game 7? Halak has posted a 2.34 GAA and .926 SV% in the first six games of the series. Halak has struggled in three games in Washington—he is 1-2 with a 3.58 GAA and .895 SV% in three starts at Verizon Center.
Halak was pulled after he allowed five goals on 35 shots in the Islanders 5-1 loss in Game 5. He has a 2.61 GAA and .913 SV% in the series and will have to be great tonight for the Islanders to avoid elimination. He stopped 52 of 55 shots (.945 SV%) in the Games 3 and 4 at home.
Halak allowed two goals on 30 shots in the Islanders 2-1 OT loss to the Capitals in Game 4. Halak has enjoyed a nice series, having posted a 1.92 GAA and .930 SV% so far, but the series is all tied up at 2-2. It becomes a best of 3 series, starting in Washington tonight. Halak had a .917 SV% in the first two games in Washington.
Halak made 24 saves on 25 shots in the Islanders 2-1 OT win over the Capitals in Game 3. New York has played extremely well through three games and will look to take a huge 3-1 lead in the series with a win at home tonight. Halak comes in with a 2.01 GAA and .929 SV% so far.
Halak gave up four goals on 35 shots in the Islanders 4-3 loss to he Capitals in Game 2. He allowed a total of five goals on 60 shots (.917 SV%) in in the first two games of the series. Now the series shifts home for the Islanders, where they will look to get a leg up this afternoon.
Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Islanders 4-1 win over the Capitals in Game 1. The Islanders did a great job of suffocating Washington in the series-opener, making life easy on Halak. Expect a better effort from the Caps tonight, so things should be as easy for Halak.
Halak was fifth in wins (38) and 23rd in both GAA (2.43) and SV% (.914). Despite putting together a nice year, Halak doesn’t come in on the best of notes. He went 3-2-2 with a 2.81 GAA and .911 SV% down the stretch. Halak made two starts against the Capitals this season. He won each outing while posting a 2.35 GAA and .906 SV%.
Halak leads the Islanders onto the ice for warmups.
Halak stopped 37 of 38 shots in the Islanders win over the Penguins last night. He has won three of five while posting a 2.57 GAA and .913 SV%. Tonight Halak will start on back-to-back nights because Michal Neuvirth is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. He has gone 1-0-1 with a 2.88 GAA and .921 SV% in his first two starts vs the Blue Jackets.
Halak allowed five goals on 27 shots in the Islanders 5-4 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday. He allowed a leaky goal late in the third to lose the game. Halak has gone 2-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .933 SV% in his previous three starts against the Penguins.
Halak stopped all 21 shots in the Islanders shutout win over the Sabres on Saturday. Halak is having one of the best seasons of his career, having shattered his previous career-high with 37 wins on the season. Tonight will be his fourth start of the season against the Flyers—he has gone 3-0-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .912 SV% in the first three meetings.
Halak gave up three goals on 39 shots in the Islanders loss in Columbus on Thursday. He has lost two of three while allowing a combined 10 goals on 101 shots (.909 SV%). The Islanders are slumping, but Halak makes for a great start tonight vs. a bad Sabres team who are on the tail-end of a back-to-back.
Halak allowed four goals on 25 shots in the Islanders win over the Red Wings on Sunday. March was quite the up-and-down month for Halak, who finished at 3-3-2 with a 2.24 GAA and .924 SV%. Tonight Halak will go up against a Blue Jackets team who have won seven consecutive games.
Halak gave up three goals on 37 shots in the Islanders loss to the Kings on Thursday. Michal Neuvirth started on Saturday, so it will be Halak tonight vs. the Red Wings. Halak has lost four of his last five starts despite posting a 1.59 GAA, .945 SV% and one shutout. He will take on a Red Wings team who have gone 3-3-1 while averaging 3.00 goals per game in their last seven games.