The New York Islanders have dealt with many inconsistencies during their slow start. The forwards are clearly the bigger issue but Jaroslav Halak isn’t blame free either.
There’s no way that anyone anticipated the New York Islanders to get off to this bad of a start. There are many factors that play a role in the Islanders struggles. Although the forwards are deserving of the blame, Jaroslav Halak isn’t blame free.
Halak has started seven games in a row. He’s been decent throughout these games but inconsistency hasn’t helped his cause.
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The perfect example is the soft goal he allowed against the Florida Panthers that tied the game. The Islanders went on to lose that game in OT. Sure, the offense wasn’t great but when your offense is struggling you need your goalie to bail you out. Which is something Halak can’t do.
It’s expected that Halak’s streak will come to an end as the Islanders play back to back’s tonight and tomorrow. Hell, we might even see J.F. Berube get some action on this west coast trip.
Neither Halak or Thomas Greiss have played particularly well. Of the 45 goaltenders with at least six appearances this season, Greiss ranks 21st in even-strength save percentage at .921. Halak is tied for 34th at .908 (Per Arthur Staple).
It’s mediocrity at it’s best. They aren’t the sole problem, but they are by no means the solution to the Islanders issues.