Friday, October 09, 2015
The Skinny wonders if The Greiss is Right?
We'll soon find out.
Thomas Greiss will get the start in goal for the Isles tonight, becoming the 7th goalie to start the last 8 Islander openers (Rick DiPietro-Joey MacDonald-Dwayne Roloson-Al Montoya-Evgeni Nabokov-Evgeni Nabokov-Jaroslav Halak-Thomas Greiss).
It will be his 2nd opening night start in the NHL -- on October 8, 2011 he defeated Phoenix 6-3 for the San Jose Sharks. (Antti Niemi would go on to start 68 times for San Jose that season)
Greiss is coming off a pre-season in which he went 0-3-0 in 198 minutes (essentially 10 periods) with a 4.24 GAA and an 85.1 save percentage.
It will be his 70th NHL start and 90th NHL game. Last year with Pittsburgh, Greiss was 9-6-3 with a 2.59 GAA and a 90.8 save percentage. He has faced the Blackhawks only once in his career, mopping up for Evgeni Nabokov in a 7-2 loss on 11/25/2009. Greiss allowed 3 goals on 12 shots.
Greiss will turn 30 on January 29th.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick