Halak will defend the cage against the Rangers on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Halak will be starting consecutive games for the Isles for the second time this season. Coach Doug Weight has been primarily using a goalie split, but the 32-year-old Halak may have the slight edge, considering he has started four of New York's six outings.
Halak stopped 24 of 27 shots in Sunday's loss to the Kings. The fact Halak has given up three goals in each of his three starts this season certainly doesn't bode well for his chances of stealing crease time away from Thomas Greiss. The 32-year-old posted a .915 save percentage in 26 starts last season and still makes for a decent long-term fantasy play in deeper formats. He's shown in the past he's capable of stealing games, but with Greiss in the starting role and Halak not impressing early, it's hard to recommend the 32-year-old as an enticing fantasy option.
Halak will defend the cage for Sunday's clash with the Kings in Los Angeles. Halak has already seen action in three games in 2017-18, going 1-1-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .914 save percentage. Halak's opponents Sunday are also playing the second game of a back-to-back, having defeated the Sabres 4-2 with Jonathan Quick in goal Saturday.
Halak made 27 saves on 30 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday. Halak and Thomas Greiss are vying to be the lead goalie for the Islanders with Halak probably having the lead so far. However, Greiss took the job from Halak last year, so only time will tell hot the goaltending situation in Brooklyn shakes out.
Halak will start Wednesday's tilt against Anaheim, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. After having been demoted and losing his job to Thomas Greiss in 2016-17, Halak's play early in the new campaign will perhaps create a competition for the team's No. 1 role. Despite his struggles last season, Halak is a proven goaltender who should be able to continue his strong play against a Ducks team that finished 18th in the league in scoring in 2016-17.
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