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%.
The Islanders have recalled Griffin Reinhart from Bridgeport (AHL).
Reinhart, 21, had one assist in eight games with the Islanders this season. He has seven goals and 15 assists (22 points) in 59 games with Bridgeport. He will likely serve as an extra defenseman in the playoffs.
Neuvirth (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Game 1.
Neuvirth was scratched on Saturday, but is back at practice this morning and is expected to be available to backup Jaroslav Halak in Game 1 on Wednesday. Kevin Poulin was returned to the AHL on Sunday, which is another sign that Neuvirth will be good-to-go.
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.
Neuvirth is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
With Neuvirth day-to-day, the Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport (AHL) and he could get the nod in the season finale. There is no word if Neuvirth will be good to go for the start of the playoffs.
The Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport (AHL) on an emergency basis.
Poulin, 24, has been recalled because Michal Neuvirth is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. With Jaroslav Halak starting last night, there is a chance that Poulin could make his second start of the season. He has gone 16-19-7 with a 2.84 GAA and .913 SV% in 43 games with Bridgeport this season.
Hamonic (undisclosed) is questionable for Saturday.
Hamonic left yesterday’s game with an undisclosed injury and will be re-evaluated today before a decision on his status for tonight is made. With the Islanders already in the playoffs, don’t be surprised if Hamonic sits tonight.
Clutterbuck served as a healthy scratch on Tuesday, but he will get back into the lineup tonight in Pittsburgh. Clutterbuck has 15 points (7G / 8A) in 74 games this season, but that is not where his value lies—he is second in the NHL with 328 hits this season.