The New York Islanders have not won a playoff series since 1993 and their chances of ending that streak this year just took a major hit. Head coach Jack Capuano confirmed on Tuesday that starting goalie Jaroslav Halak will miss the Islanders' entire first round series against the Florida Panthers, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News.
Without Halak, the Islanders will turn to backup Thomas Greiss. In 41 games this season, Greiss has registered a 2.36 goals against average (GAA) and a career-high .925 save percentage.
Greiss, 30, is a career backup and has only played in one playoff game in his career which came back in 2010. His numbers for the season are comparable to those of Halak (2.30 GAA, .919 save percentage), but we all know what Halak is capable of in the postseason.
As a wild card team, the Islanders open their season on the road against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.