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Halak (day-to-day) still expected to start Isles opener

Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak



New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak, defenseman Thomas Hickey and right wing Steve Bernier will miss some time because of injuries.

Halak is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury, Hickey will miss four weeks because of an upper-body injury, and Bernier is expected to miss 1-2 weeks because of a lower-body injury.

The most important player of the three is Halak, the 30-year-old netminder who started 59 and won 38 games last season.

Halak is still expected to be the starter when the Isles open the regular season Oct. 9 versus Chicago, but something to keep an eye on anyway.

The Isles signed Thomas Greiss in the offseason to be their new back up.