Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Regular Season Ends for Halak
With today's news about Jaroslav Halak, the Islanders will go just about as far as Thomas Greiss and J-F Berube are prepared to take them.
The New York Islanders announced on Wednesday afternoon that their number one goalie is expected to be out at least six weeks with a groin injury and that will end his regular season in a big hurry.
Halak was injured late in Tuesday night's win against the Penguins, still getting credit for his 18th win of the season and that's where his win total will end this year. In total, Halak was also good for 3 shutouts and 1 assist, giving him 43 points on the year, which is fairly disappointing, comparing him to the preseason expectations that were put upon him. In the end, Halak shared the net with Greiss more than expected, thus not getting the bulk of the work and not getting the bulk of the wins.
For Dale B., it's a very big disappointment, because Halak was his 1st round pick, taking him 14th overall this year. This injury also brings his total of active goalies down to zero, as the Arizona Coyotes are also waiting on Mike Smith to come back from a major injury.
Heading into Wednesday night's action, Dale was hanging onto 14th place in the standings, well out of the money race and pretty well no expectation of making any sudden moves up the charts in the remaining 4+ weeks.
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