New York Islanders goaltending tandem partner up to represent Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. They take on team North America in a pre-tournament tilt hosted in Québec City.
The New York Islanders goaltending woes will be played out for the entire NHL consumer base to see. Who gets the crease: Jaroslav Halak or Thomas Greiss?
Both machinations of the NHL in this tournament square off in the third pre-tournament game of the NHL’ s World Cup of Hockey: Team Europe and Team North America.
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These two teams are hodgepodge groupings of various nationalities that were created by the NHL to round out the tournament. Let’s be clear, the NHL didn’t invent either Europe or North American per se. So put down your twitter machines geopolitics aficionados.
But the NHL did invent these two when it comes to international competitions. So everyone waits with bated breath to see just how that’s going to play out.
Won’t someone think of the goalies, though? Who gets the start, and what does that mean for us New York Islanders fans going into the regular season?
The starter for this particular game won’t mean much. It’s pre-tournament. It may reveal who the coaching staff favors, but expect both Halak and Griess to split the starts in the pre-tournament. Halak will likely get the start, simply because he’s the one recognizable starter on the roster.
Here’s how to watch the Team Europe and either of the Isles goaltenders on TV or online: