Greiss stopped 34 of 36 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers. He exited the second period down 2-1, but the German netminder stopped all 11 of the Rangers' shots in the third while his teammates awoke on offense. This puts an end to a five-game skid in which he went just 1-3-1 with a 4.02 GAA and .875 save percentage, but with the Isles reportedly considering calling Jaroslav Halak back from the AHL, Greiss will need to string a few more quality outings together to ensure his job remains secure.
Greiss will start in goal Wednesday night against the host Rangers. Look for Greiss to be sprawling a fair amount in this next contest. The Blueshirts boast the league's fifth-best scoring offense at 3.15 goals per game, plus they're second in team shooting percentage (10.4). However, the silver lining is that the Rangers could be a bit taxed after working the first game of a back-to-back set, losing a 3-2 road match to New Jersey through overtime Tuesday.
Greiss made 35 saves and yielded three goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The German netminder was great in regulation, stopping 34 of 36 shot attempts, but he allowed the game-winner on the second shot of overtime. Greiss, though, really has been a mixed bag as of late. In March, he's allowed at least four goals five times and been pulled from a start on three occasions. Those poor outings have dropped his save percentage to .893 in his last 10 games. He's also just 4-4-2 during that stretch. Owners who were hoping to cash in on Greiss's hot stretch in late February might be better off looking for another option.
Greiss will start in goal Saturday, opposing the Blue Jackets at home, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Columbus is ranked third in road scoring at 3.09 goals per contest, so Greiss should be tested early and often. It's been quite nerve-wracking to stream the Isles' top tender of late since he's allowed four goals in three of his past four outings.
Greiss gave up four goals on 28 shots in Thursday's loss to the Jets. The German veteran continues to occupy the net in Brooklyn on a nightly basis, but the results have been far less than spectacular of late. To wit, Greiss has given up four goals in five of his last nine starts, a stretch in which his save percentage is just .888; that makes him a risky fantasy roll even though he's wrapping up a season that's seen him set new career marks in wins (24) and shutouts (three). This was his 45th appearance, which is also a career high, and it seems like the workload may be getting to him.
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