Halak was not among the players the Islanders elected to protect in the expansion draft, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. This is not a surprise since the Islanders have seemed to want to get out from under Halak's contract the minute after he signed it. Halak is highly unlikely to get selected by Vegas, as it will have plenty of younger and possibly better goaltenders to go after. That said, Halak will likely be in a training camp battle with Thomas Greiss to determine who starts for the team next season.
Halak made 37 saves in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Devils. It was Halak's fifth-straight win. He has been hot -- he's allowed just six goals in those five outings. Sadly, the Isles destiny was in the Maple Leafs hands and the latter's win Saturday pushed the Isles out of the postseason.
Halak will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Devils, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports. Halak has been red hot lately, picking up four consecutive wins while posting a spectacular 0.99 GAA and .966 save percentage over that span. The Slovakian netminder will look to stay dialed in and help keep his team's playoff hopes alive by picking up his 12th victory of the campaign in a highly favorable road matchup with a Devils team that's only averaging 2.25 goals per game at home this season, 29th in the NHL.
Halak stopped all 29 shots the Hurricanes sent his way in a 3-0 win Thursday. The Islanders are trying to claw their way into the playoffs without their best player, John Tavares, and Halak has been key in that effort -- he's recorded four straight wins, giving up only four goals on 116 shots in that span, good for a .966 save percentage. Halak is certain to be in net for at least one of the Isles' games this weekend, and maybe even both if the Isles' playoff hopes are still alive Sunday. They're quite a long shot still, though.
Halak will defend the cage against the Hurricanes on Thursday. Halak will be looking to push his winning streak to four; over the last three, he's logged a 1.32 GAA and .954 save percentage. With an outside shot of making the playoffs, the Isles will need the 31-year-old to continue performing at his absolute best.
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