Halak allowed four goals on 42 shots during Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Devils. This was the seventh time in eight starts that Halak has allowed four goals or more, and the slump has him at a crippling .906 save percentage and 3.22 GAA for the campaign. Additionally, after a strong start in the win column, his 13-13-2 record is hardly moving the needle. There's still value here, as Halak is capable of helping fantasy owners. It's just becoming more difficult to pinpoint when he's going to provide a serviceable outing.
Halak will defend the cage Tuesday against the Devils. Halak's has allowed four or more goals in five of his last six starts. Part of the problem is the barrage of shots he's faced, including 46 of them two starts ago against the Devils. He still emerged victorious in that tilt and squares off against Keith Kinkaid on Tuesday, giving him a decent opportunity to earn a third straight win.
Halak will be in goal for Saturday's matinee against the Rangers, who are playing host to the contest, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. The Islanders are in last place within the Metropolitan Division and let's just say that the offense isn't to blame. Captain John Tavares (51 points in 43 games) has done a commendable job trying to keep his team respectable, but Halak and alternate goalie Thomas Greiss have a porous .893 save percentage between them this season. Halak, who has been the slightly better option, will take on the Blueshirts, a team that has gone 5-3-2 over its past 10 games with a plus-11 goal differential on the year.
Halak made 42 saves on 46 shots in Sunday's shootout win over the Devils. While it's good to see Halak back in the win column, the 32-year-old has been struggling of late, allowing four or more goals in five straight appearances. With the victory, Halak advances to 12-12-2 on the season with a .904 save percentage. He can be of value in some leagues, but it's probably best to shy away from the Isles' starting netminder until his play improves.
Halak will tend twine against the Devils on Sunday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Halak will look to end a four-game losing streak where he has posted a horrid .884 save percentage coupled with a 4.68 GAA. The Devils, who have lost four straight, won't make Halak's job any easier, though, as they have they have the eighth-ranked power play to match up with the Islanders' 30th-ranked penalty kill.
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