2015-16 Season: Injuries disrupted Jaroslav Halak’s second season with the New York Islanders, as the goalie was limited to 36 games in 2015-16. He suffered a season-ending injury on March 8. Injuries aside, Halak’s stats improved last season, as he bumped his save percentage up to .919 from .914 and lowered his goals-against from 2.43 to 2.30. He finished the season with an 18-13-4 record, which was down from his record-setting 2014-15, when he won an Islanders single-season best 38 games.
Halak’s season-ending groin injury came at an inopportune time as the Islanders goalie was playing at a high level, winning five-of-six games and allowing one goal or fewer in four of them.
Halak was skating and taking shots during the Islanders’ playoff run, but did not recover in time to join the team in postseason action. In the offseason, Halak also had sports hernia surgery, but has since recovered and is currently playing for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.
Highlight Reel Moment: Jaroslav Halak stones Cam Atkinson against the Blue Jackets (Feb. 9, 2016)
The Look Ahead: A healthy Halak has been very good for the Islanders in his two years with the team. His career-high in wins (38) coincided with his career-high in games played (59), so the key for his season is to stay injury free. Thomas Greiss and JF Berube can help take some of load off Halak, so the Islanders goalie won’t be expected to play 70 games.
Halak is at his best in rivalry games, winning all three of his games against the New York Rangers last year - 5-2 since joining the Isles - and going 8-3-1 against the Rangers, Penguins, Devils, Capitals and Flyers last season combined.
He’s a big-game goaltender, so the key for this season is to be healthy and be a part of those big games.