New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak will be a spectator as Thomas Greiss begins the season in net.
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The New York Islanders will begin life at the Barclays Center with goaltender Thomas Greiss in net for Friday's game versus the reigning Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks.
With Jaroslav Halak nursing an undisclosed injury, the team confirmed Greiss will start Friday's tilt. Greiss was signed to a two-year, $3 million contract on July 1 after posting a 9-6-3 mark with a 2.59 goals-against average last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jean-Francois Berube, who will serve as Greiss' backup, was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
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Halak is expected to miss the team's first three games, Arthur Staple of Newsday reported. The 30-year-old Halak had a franchise-best 38 wins last season, 11 more than his personal high set with the St. Louis Blues in 2010-11.