Thomas Greiss turned in his best game of his worst season for the Islanders on Friday night at Carolina, posting his first shutout in 21 starts. But even that game turned out badly for the 32-year-old goalie.
Late in the game, Greiss suffered a lower-body injury. He stayed in, but before Monday’s game against Minnesota at Barclays Center, the Islanders put him on injured reserve retroactive to Friday and called up Christopher Gibson from Bridgeport.
“I don’t suspect it’s going to be a huge amount of time,” coach Doug Weight said. “But I don’t want to speak out of turn because if I say two weeks, four weeks, and they find something else, I don’t want to put him in that position.
“Certainly, lower-body injuries for goalies are a little tougher to decipher. But he’s on the IR. He played great. Hopefully he can take that energy he had and that feeling and get back quick.”
Jaroslav Halak has made the majority of the starts since late November. Even after Greiss’ 45-save masterpiece Friday, he owns a 3.84 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage to go with an 11-7-2 record across 24 appearances. The Islanders, however, have allowed the most shots in the NHL.
“The timing is disappointing,” Weight said. “Probably some of our worst games were when he was in net, and it was kind of disappointing. But he battled and looked better.”
Gibson, a 25-year-old native of Finland, is 18-11-3 with a 2.31 GAA and four shutouts.
“He’s a real good kid, well liked in the room, and works really hard,” Weight said. “I think he’s continued, just in speaking with [Bridgeport goaltending coach] Chris Terreri, to bring his game to a higher level.”