Jaroslav Halak G NYI 13 Days

Halak made 23 saves in a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night. The win stopped the Islanders' three-game losing streak.

He'd been in net for two of those three and had allowed 11 goals in those outings. It's nice to see him right the ship. Consider those games a blip on anotherwise solid season (he did win 11 straight starts before that). Put him in the blue paint.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 13 Days

Halak will be the Islanders' starter in goal Saturday versus the Blackhawks, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Halak has followed up an 11-game winning streak with back-to-back disastrous starts against the Blues, who destroyed their former netminder with 11 goals over the two games. There won't be much of a dropoff in talent against the Blackhawks, making Halak something of a risky play in daily formats, despite the fact that he'll be benefiting from playing on home ice.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 15 Days

Halak was lit up by the Blues for the second consecutive start Thursday, giving up five goals on 32 shots in a 6-3 road loss.

He'd missed Tuesday's game to an upper-body ailment, but got through this one okay except for the whole allowing-five-goals things. Just like Saturday back on Long Island, the two teams entered the second intermission in a close game -- tied this time -- and then Halak was burned for three goals in the final stanza. Fortunately for him, the Isles don't play St. Louis again during the regular season.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 15 Days

Halak (upper body) will be given Thursday's start against the Blues, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Halak was a surprising scratch in advance of Tuesday's game with the injury, but as was indicated at the time, it was only a minor concern for the goalie. He'll look for some measure redemption against his former team, whom he surrendered six goals to last weekend to bring an end to his 11-game winning streak.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 16 Days

Halak (upper body) could play versus the Blues on Thursday, according to Newsday.

Halak was hurt during practice Tuesday and missed the game versus the Wild but the injury is considered to be minor. The Islanders could still elect to give him another day off as a reunion against his former team, one in which he allowed six goals to last Saturday, may not be the best idea.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 17 Days

Halak has a seemingly minor upper-body injury and will back up Chad Johnson on Tuesday in Minnesota.

Halak had been set for the start, but apparently he's not quite 100 percent. The very late scratch stinks for owners Tuesday, though if it's any consolation Halak was able to participate in warmups and at least he's fit to be the backup.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 17 Days

Halak will be the starting goalie for the Islanders on Tuesday against the Wild, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

The netminder saw his 11-game winning streak come to an end with a resounding thud Saturday against the Blues, as he was whipped for six goals on 40 shots. His recent play will probably allow him to be forgiven for the hiccup, but it will still be difficult for him to return to the win column on the road against a Wild squad that ranks second in shot attempts per game.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 19 Days

Halak gave up six goals on 34 shots in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the visiting Blues, putting an end to his 12-game winning streak.

The six tallies against are rather dreadful -- especially after he was staked to a 3-0 lead by the Isles' offense -- but owners are more than willing to give Halak a free pass given his recent success. The Islanders have been one of the NHL's best teams this year, with much of that credit going to their veteran netminder, and there's no indication that this is anything more than a one-off. However, the team is playing without top blue liners Lubomir Visnovsky, Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic (all upper body), so Halak may have to weather an increased barrage of shots in their absence. In 19 appearances this season, Halak now sports a .920 save percentage and 2.26 GAA.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 20 Days

Halak will start in goal Saturday against the Blues, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

As expected, Halak will mind the net Saturday opposite Jake Allen, seeking his 12th consecutive victory. Halak has allowed two goals or fewer in all but one of his starts since his last loss Nov. 1.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 22 Days

Halak stopped 20 of 21 shots Thursday to deliver a second consecutive win against the Senators and record his 11th consecutive victory -- setting a new franchise record for the Islanders.

The only thing more amazing than this winning streak is that it was immediately preceded by a four-game losing streak. Halak's gone more than a month without taking a loss and has given up two or fewer goals in 10 of these 11 games. The Islanders look like they're for real this year, and Halak has been a huge reason behind that.