Head coach Doug Weight believes his goaltender situation needs to be addressed as he doesn't have a definitive starter between Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak.
Greiss has been struggling of late, owning a 3.79 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage this season. Though Greiss says he's fine, Weight thinks he needs to figure out what is plaguing the veteran goalie.
"Thomas is such an easygoing guy, he's always, 'I'm fine, I'm fine, it's all good.' But I think it's something we have to address rather than ignore," Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "We've got to help him through it. He's not dreadful. He's had some bad luck, some games he's played well where his numbers weren't great. Now you pair it with what you've seen the last couple weeks, we've got to fix it."
Greiss has to give credit to the Isles' offense for most of his wins in his 13 starts. Of his eight wins, six have come with the team allowing three goals or more.
Halak, on the other hand, is facing a different sort of monster than Greiss in net. Greiss' even-strength save percentage sits at .903, which is 30th out of 33 goalies who have played at least 500 minutes. Halak has a .931 even-strength save percentage, but in low danger (part of Corsica Hockey's ranking on quality of shots), he owns a .947 save percentage, which is last among qualifying goalies.
General Manager Garth Snow said he isn't looking for a replacement at the position.
"When Thomas and Jaro are playing to their capabilities, they're great goaltenders," Snow said. "The challenge is to get them to play to their capabilities."
Both goalies would like to see an improved power play as well, with many goals coming from those situations recently. The Islanders have allowed 11 power-play goals in their last 27 attempts.
However, they return Casey Cizikas to the lineup, which should enhance the penalty kill.
"We're a better team with Casey in the lineup," Snow said. "We're a team that can score goals, so that's not an issue. Everyone was pulling their hair out when we started the season 0-for-20 on the power play and we were able to get that working. We should be able to do the same with the penalty kill and get out goals-against down."
Halak will get the start in net Thursday night as the Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins.