Jaroslav Halak G NYI 14 Days

The Islanders will stick with Halak in goal for Saturday's game against the Canadiens.

Though he surrendered three goals in Friday's win over the Penguins, Halak wasn't completely overwhelmed in the outing, facing only 24 shots. His save percentage of .915 is rather ordinary for a No. 1 goalie, but Halak will continue to ride the coattails of one of the league's best offenses. He enters Saturday's game with a 24-8-0 record over his 32 appearances, including wins in 21 of his last 25 starts.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 14 Days

Halak's 21 saves on 24 shots against the Penguins helped the Islanders become the first team to 30 wins Friday.

While it wasn't his best individual effort, Halak got the job done, advancing his record to 24-8-0 on the season. With a .915 save percentage, 2.24 GAA and four shutouts, Halak has been one of the best fantasy options this season. Considering the injured Pekka Rinne is the only goalie with more wins, Halak is simply a must-start every game he gets the nod.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 15 Days

Halak will be between the pipes Friday against the Penguins.

Halak is coming off his fourth shutout of the season and enters Friday's outing a winner of 20 of his last 24 starts. The Penguins will represent a formidable adversary, but it's hard to justify sitting Halak for any game when he's winning with that sort of regularity.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 18 Days

Halak stopped all 27 shots -- with a little help from the posts -- in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rangers.

The Isles' crosstown rivals entered action red-hot, returning like champions from a West Coast trip having won 13 of their last 14 games, but Halak and his teammates resisted a first-half push that included three Rangers hitting posts. It was the Isles, though, who took control of the game with a three-goal second period, and he cruised through a low-action third in which the Rangers attempted just six shots. It's Halak's second straight win and ninth in his last 10 starts. He's been a huge part of the reason his team is sitting on a nice first-place cushion.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 18 Days

Halak will be in goal for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

Halak has not been as sharp early this month as he was in December, but he won his last time out, and has lost just four times since Nov. 1. Halak is hot, but he will take on an equally sizzling Rangers team that won 13 of its previous 14 games entering Tuesday's contest.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 21 Days

Halak stopped 21 of 23 shots in Friday's win over the Devils.

A good bounce-back outing for Halak, who had lost his last two games, surrendering seven goals in that span. The 29-year-old is now 22-8-0 on the season with a .914 save percentage and 2.29 GAA. Halak's been one of the best fantasy goalies this season, with his 22 wins tied for second-most in the NHL. He should be in your lineup every night he gets the call.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 22 Days

Halak will be in the crease for Friday's game against the Devils.

Halak has dropped his last two outings while surrendering a total of seven goals, but it hasn't damaged the luster on what has been a strong season to date for the netminder. While he's not in the class of Pekka Rinne, Carey Price or Henrik Lundqvist among the league's elite goaltenders, Halak has probably asserted himself as at least a fringe top-10 option at this point. He's a strong play most every night, and especially so against weak offenses like the Devils, who rank 28th in the league in goals per game.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 24 Days

Halak made only 17 saves on 20 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

It's never good to be outdueled by the opposition's backup netminder, but indeed, Eddie Lack outplayed Halak in this one. That's two losses in a row now for Halak on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Isles give him a blow and start Chad Johnson on Friday, though Halak's owners would certainly like to see him rolled out against the low-scoring Devils.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 25 Days

Halak will be in the crease Tuesday against the Canucks.

Halak is coming off just his third loss in his last 21 starts, which occurred at the hands of the Oilers, of all teams. Given his prior dominance, it's probably best to write that loss off as a minor hiccup and continue to roll with him against the Canucks. Halak's 21 wins and 2.28 GAA both rank in the top 10 among qualifying goalies this season.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 26 Days

Halak gave up four goals on 22 shots in Sunday's loss to the Oilers.

Elite netminder Halak giving up four goals to the lowly Oilers? That's not exactly how we pictured this game going. Don't be worried, though, as every good goalie has a bad night every so often. Halak is still 21-7-0 on the season with an impressive .916 save percentage and 2.28 GAA. With Sunday marking just Halak's first loss in eight starts, there is no reason you shouldn't keep rolling the 29-year-old stud.