Halak has appeared in 45 games this year with the Islanders and has compiled a 32-13-0 record. In his last start, Halak allowed three goals against and the Islanders lost 4-0 to the Vancouver Canucks. One thing the Islanders coach staff has begun to do is to monitor the number of starts they give Halak down the stretch.
"It will be one of the things we manage," Islanders' head coach Jack Capuano said. "Chad [Johnson] has been playing real well for us. Obviously you don't want a goalie to sit too long, but we had three games this weekend. We discussed it last week that Chad will go two out of the three.
"As we move forward both guys are going to get an opportunity to play and I think it's good for both guys, because they work extremely hard. And Jaro is obviously at a point now he has played a lot of hockey."
The rest of the Islanders lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday, during their 5-1 win over Arizona.
That means Frans Nielsen will play tonight for the blue and orange after missing practice due to a "maintenance day," as the team labeled it. Nielsen was dinged up during the Isles loss to Vancouver on Sunday, but did play on Tuesday.
"We were a little worried after the hit that he took, but fortunately for us we limited his minutes in the last game. Gave him a couple of days rest and he went out this morning before the team and felt really good. So that's a positive sign for us," Capuano said.
Nielsen being in the lineup is good news for the Islanders, who have had their forward depth tested. They are already out Kyle Okposo, Casey Cizikas and Mikhail Grabovski. Losing Nielsen would have only hobbled them further.
The Danish winger did not look like he was impeded during Tuesday's game and the few days of rest certainly came at an opportune time for him.