The early-season goalie rotation that stretched for a franchise-record 33 games has turned into a standard starter-backup model for the Islanders.
But it will be Thomas Greiss’ turn again on Tuesday against the last-place Devils at Prudential Center as the Islanders complete a back-to-back. Semyon Varlamov had a 32-save shutout against the Avalanche on Monday night at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum in his season-high fifth straight start.
“Varly has been playing great,” Greiss said. “I will get my chance to jump back in there and I’ll play my best and we’ll go from there.”
Greiss’ last appearance came in a 5-2 loss at Chicago on Dec. 27. He was pulled at 11:56 of the first period after allowing three goals on 11 shots.
He is 11-7-0 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage but has won only one of his last six starts, a 32-save effort in a 3-1 victory at Florida on Dec. 12.
Varlamov made 29 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Devils on Thursday night at the Coliseum.
[The Devils are] a hard-working team,” Greiss said. “They’re a young team and fast. They play pretty loose. They don’t have too much pressure going for them. Especially lately, they’ve been playing really well.”
Notes & quotes: The Islanders tied a franchise record with 33 blocked shots. Johnny Boychuk had five and Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson had four each . . . Anders Lee played his 241st straight game, moving past J.P. Parise for the sixth-longest streak in team history. Hall of Famer Denis Potvin is fifth at 262 and Billy Harris is the franchise leader at 576 . . . The Islanders (26-12-3) were 23-14-4 at last season’s midpoint . . . Defenseman Sebastian Aho and Ross Johnston remained the healthy scratches.