Islanders G Thomas Greiss was placed on the IR Monday, which is retroactive to Feb. 16. His timetable for return is unknown.
Greiss' injury comes the same day he posted a 45-save shutout on the road against the Hurricanes in the Isles' 3-0 win. Head coach Doug Weight doesn't want to promise anything, but he thinks Greiss will be back in net soon.
"I don't suspect it'sg oing to be a huge amount of time, but I don't want to speak out of turn," he told The Post's Greg Joyce. "Certainly lower-body injuries for goalies are a little tougher to decipher...Hopefully he can take that energy he had and that feeling and get back quick."
The 32-year-old is 11-7-2 on the season with a 3.84 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 24 games. Christopher Gibson was an emergency call-up from Bridgeport to take his roster spot.
Andrew Battifarano, SNY: If this isn't symbolic of the season Greiss has had, then I don't know what is.
By and large, Greiss has his best performance of the season in his shutout over Carolina on Friday night. He made a number of big saves that kept the Islanders in the game. This injury comes at as tough a time as any for him.
While Greiss owns an 11-7-2 record this year, his .891 save percentage speaks to the struggles he's faced as he has never really found a groove in the crease. While Weight says he doesn't expect Greiss to be on the shelf long, lower-body injuries always seem to be tougher when it comes to goaltenders, so it'll be interesting to see what the actual timetable comes out to be.
As for Gibson, he only has four games of NHL experience and a .909 save percentage in 33 games with Bridgeport this season. With that in mind, I'd expect Jaroslav Halak to get the bulk of the work -- if not all of it -- over the course of this week.