With the Islanders' season at a critical juncture, the club will likely turn to young backup goalie Christopher Gibson in one of their upcoming games, perhaps as early as Friday against the Canadiens.
The 25-year-old was recalled last month from Bridgeport when Thomas Greiss was placed on injured reserve, although he has yet to get into a game. Gibson was 18-11-3 with a 2.31 goals against average for the Sound Tigers, and the Islanders are hoping he brings some of that success with him.
"He's a good kid, good goalie, been working really hard and it's been a while, so we've got to get him in there,'' Isles head coach Doug Weight said Thursday. "I think he's got the attitude to play well for us.''
While the Islanders are the sixth-highest scoring team in the NHL, they have allowed a league-worst 226 goals, an average of 3.53 per game.
"I'm excited, of course,'' Gibson said. "I don't know which game I'll get, hopefully I'll get into one of them this weekend.''
Whenever Gibson does start, it will be his first NHL action since the 2015-16 season when he went 1-1-1 with a 3.40 goals against average and .882 save percentage in four appearances. He made seven appearances before he was injured in November 2016 and missed the rest of the season.
The Islanders currently sit four points behind the Blue Jackets for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.