The 30-year-old missed the first four games of the regular season with an upper-body injury, but his replacement, Thomas Greiss, didn’t look out of place while filling in.
Greiss went 2-0-1 in Halak’s absence, and he’s coming off a 44 save performance in a win over Nashville on Thursday.
“It’s always good to get in a rhythm, play a few games,” Greiss told Newsday. “It’s even good to face a lot of shots like I did [on Thursday night]. Gets you right into the game.”
Even with their backup goaltender playing so well, the Islanders are happy to see Halak return.
Last season, Halak set a new franchise record by winning 38 games. He also posted a 2.43 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage in his first year with the team.
San Jose hasn’t named their starter yet. Martin Jones, who is 4-0-0 with a 0.49 goals-against-average and a .982 save percentage, beat the Devils last night.
Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes for Detroit as they travel to Montreal to take on Carey Price and the Canadiens. Price is coming off a shutout of the New York Rangers. He has a 4-0-0 record to go along with a 1.25 goals-against-average and a .957 save percentage this season.
After getting shelled by the Leafs on Friday night, the Blue Jackets have yet to name a starter. The Blackhawks will go with Corey Crawford.