As the race for the post-season ramps up, the New York Islanders will have to get by without their starting goalie.
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game that goaltender Jaroslav Halak will be out of the lineup for a minimum of six weeks with a lower-body injury.
Capuano says Halak out at least 6 weeks
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 9, 2016
Halak, 30, left Tuesday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins (see above) in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
The Slovakia native has appeared in 36 games for New York this season, registering a 18-13-1 record with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 goals-against average.
With Halak out, the Islanders will hand the majority of starts to veteran backup Thomas Greiss.
"It's a big loss for our team," Jack Capuano says of Halak injury. Thomas Greiss will take #NYI into playoffs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 9, 2016
Greiss, 30, has a .930 save percentage in 29 games with the Islanders this season.