Jaroslav Halak G NYI 1 day ago

Halak was tagged for five goals on 35 shots Thursday in a Game 5 loss to the Capitals. He was relieved with 11 minutes remaining in the third period.

With that, the Caps have swung the series in the opposite direction, having turned the Islanders' 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. Michal Neuvirth stopped all six shots in relief, but it's hard to believe that the Isles will turn away from Halak in Game 6 even though he's allowed four or more goals in four of his last eight games. At least in the other four, he's only allowed a grand total of five goals.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 2 days ago

Halak will be in the crease for Thursday's Game 5 against the Capitals, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Halak has fared well thus far in the playoffs, posting a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage over four games. Unfortunately for the Islanders, Braden Holtby has been equally solid in the Capitals' net, keeping the series tied at two games as it returns to Washington. Expect both coaches to ride their respective No. 1 goalies until the series is decided.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 3 days ago

Halak stopped 28 of 30 shots Tuesday in Game 4 against Washington, but was stuck with a series-tying 2-1 loss.

Other than a four-goal Game 2 misstep, Halak's been largely unimpeachable in this series; the Isles' offense, however, has evaporated against Braden Holtby and the Washington defense. Now the series heads back to the Capitals' home ice, where Halak is likely to draw the start in Thursday's Game 5.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 days ago

Halak will start Tuesday's Game 4 against the Capitals, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.

Halak has allowed six goals on 79 shots (.924 save percentage) through the first three games of the series, helping the Islanders jump out to a 2-1 lead. Barring a complete meltdown that lasts multiple games, he'll continue to start every playoff contest for the Isles.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 6 days ago

Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Capitals.

He wasn't tested as heavily as in Friday's Game 2, but it was a much better outing for Halak as he's now held the Caps to a single goal in two of the three games of the series. Braden Holtby was superb on the other end, so Halak will have to keep up this level of play in order to maintain the series lead before heading back to Washington.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 6 days ago

Halak will man the net for Sunday's Game 3 matchup with the Islanders, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

Halak stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced in the second game, but it wasn't enough for the Isles to come out on top. He'll look for a better outcome Sunday against the high-powered Capitals.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 1 week ago

Halak stopped 31 of 35 shots in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Capitals.

A rough night for Halak, who was beaten three times at even strength. While it wasn't his best game, the series is now tied 1-1 and Halak will get a chance to rebound in Game 3 Sunday in New York. With a 38-17-4 record in the regular season, it's pretty clear Halak is the man for the Islanders. If the Islanders can keep scoring, Halak is good enough to give the team a shot of winning every night.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 1 week ago

Halak will start Game 2 for the Islanders on Friday night, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Halak played well in Game 1 versus Washington so it's no shock that he starts this game. Halak will need to be at the top of his game however as the Caps are sure to come out much harder after playing a very cautious Game 1.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 1 week ago

Halak stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Capitals.

Halak was a little shaky down the stretch of the regular season, but looked solid Wednesday night as the Isles secured an important road win. It will be tough to steal two games on the road against the higher seeded Capitals, so Halak will need to be on his game again Friday night if they want to have a shot at heading back to Long Island up 2-0.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 1 week ago

Halak will be in the crease for Game 1 of the Islanders' first-round playoff series against the Capitals.

Halak was wildly inconsistent down the stretch for the Islanders, giving up four, three, zero, five, one, and four goals over his final six outings. While he won three of those games to lead the Islanders to a playoff berth, Halak still ranks among the more shaky netminding options in the postseason. Halak was at least able to provide competent play against the Capitals in his previous two matchups against them this season, winning both times and posting a 2.35 GAA while stopping 48 of 53 (.906 save percentage) shots.