RALEIGH, N.C. — Jaroslav Halak might be up for parole from his Bridgeport banishment.
A day after J-F Berube and Thomas Greiss gave up eight goals to the Hurricanes, Doug Weight said he believes Halak has worked through the issues that got him sent to the Sound Tigers in the first place, and that the team will likely discuss his future on Wednesday.
“He’s a good goalie,” said Weight before the “away” portion of their back-to-back against Carolina. “We never lost faith in Jaro. We think he needed to reboot his career, get some things solved, and it looks like he’s done it. Definitely, he’ll be in our conversation plate.”
Halak has a .926 save percentage in 24 games with Bridgeport, averaging 2.17 goals against, and he’s looking like an increasingly tantalizing option in light of Berube’s play. Berube allowed four goals in just over 28 minutes Monday, bringing his save percentage to an anemic .889.
The Islanders brutal schedule has to be taking its toll on Greiss, who started all nine games of the Islanders recent road trip.
Weight said that there was really no thought of bringing Halak up for Tuesday’s game — partially because of Greiss’ strong play (Greiss started) and partially because it would have been a tricky gambit with the snow storm that hit the northeast Tuesday.
Weight bashes schedule
It’s no secret that the Islanders are embroiled in one of the most difficult stretches hockey has to offer, but after a nine-game road trip and now a back-to-back home-and-away, Weight said it’s taken an undue toll on the team.
“I don’t feel like getting fined but to have five days off and then to fly to Dallas, and then to fly to Chicago, and then you have a 2 o’clock game in Calgary when their building was empty for the next four days . . . and then you come home and you play one home game and go back, it’s ludicrous for me,” he said. “I yelled and screamed (at the team after the loss Monday) anyway because they deserved it. You have to be better this time of year, but fatigue is a factor.”
Casey Cizikas (upper body) needs a few more days before he can return to the ice, Weight said. Johnny Boychuk missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. Brock Nelson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.