Two days ago, we passed along a New York Post piece suggesting there’s a brewing goalie controversy in Brooklyn between starter Jaroslav Halak and backup Thomas Greiss.
Well, the narrative continued today.
Isles head coach Jack Capuano said Greiss would make his second straight start — and fourth in the last six games — in tonight’s big clash against NHL-leading Washington. That decision comes after Greiss pushed his record to a sparking 16-6-2 on the year with Monday’s win over Detroit, and now boasts a .931 save percentage and 2.16 GAA.
Pretty good for a backup netminder making just $1.5 million this season.
Now, before we get too ahead of ourselves, a reminder to check the schedule. Tonight is the first of back-to-backs for the Isles — they play tomorrow in New Jersey — and it sounds as though Halak will be back in goal.
Of course, one could make the argument that Greiss getting the Caps while Halak gets the Devils is a statement on its own.
For the Caps, Braden Holtby starts.
— Petr Mrazek will look to bounce back from a rare rough outing (five goals allowed against Boston on Sunday) to face the Pens. Pittsburgh counters with Marc-Andre Fleury.
— Another backup gets a second straight start in Florida, as Al Montoya‘s recent good play will keep Roberto Luongo on the pine. The visiting Sharks are rolling with their No. 1, Martin Jones.
— Andrei Vasilevskiy gives Ben Bishop the night off in Tampa, while Ondrej Pavelec goes for the visiting Jets.
— Eddie Lack will stay in the starter’s role for Carolina as the ‘Canes play in Ottawa. The Sens will stick with Craig Anderson.
— Jonathan Bernier will be in goal for the Leafs tonight, but no word on a Rangers starter after Henrik Lundqvist faced the ‘Hawks on Wednesday evening.
— Tantalizing matchup in St. Louis, where the red-hot Brian Elliott and the Blues host Jonathan Quick and the Kings.
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— Pekka Rinne is back in goal after the Preds gave Carter Hutton the start in a key game Monday against Dallas. Looks like Tuukka Rask will go for Boston.
— Cam Talbot will start once again for the Oilers tonight, who are at home against the Wild. No word on a Minnesota starter yet, as Devan Dubnyk scored a victory over Calgary last night.
— Louis Domingue, fresh off a win over Montreal, will go for the Coyotes. Looks like Antti Niemi for the Stars.
— John Gibson returns to the net after Anaheim gave Frederik Andersen a string of starts over the last two weeks. Ryan Miller‘s in for the Canucks.