Halak made 25 saves on 27 shots but took a loss in a shootout against the Panthers on Friday. Halak's GAA is third best in the league, at 2.02, and he's let in no more than two goals in four of his last five starts.
Halak will protect the goal Friday night against the Panthers. Halak has drawn into seven contests this November, allowing only 14 goals in that timeframe. Florida, his upcoming opponent, is slightly below average based on an 8-9-4 record and minus-1 goal differential through 21 games.
Halak stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Flyers. New York's skaters made life easy on their goaltender, outshooting Philadelphia 36-18 in a lopsided contest. Halak finally seems to be getting back on track, having won two straight after dropping his previous three decisions.
Halak will return to the net Wednesday against the Flyers. Halak was pulled from Friday's start against Montreal after allowing three goals on eight shots, and subsequently got a day off Sunday. Coach Jack Capuano won't give him to much time to dwell on it, however, as the netminder will once again sit between the pipes Wednesday. Through 11 appearances this season, Halak has posted a superb 2.14 GAA and .919 save percentage to earn a 5-4-1 record, and he'll look to turn things around against a Flyers club that's last in the league in scoring.
Halak lasted just one period Friday against Montreal after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Halak made 31 saves in a 5-2 win over Arizona in his previous start but lasted just one period after making just eight saves. He didn't get much help from his defense, but Halak clearly didn't bring his 'A' game, either. He was replaced by Thomas Greiss after the first intermission but should get the nod again Sunday in Montreal.
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