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Islanders' Halak day-to-day, won't play vs. Blackhawks

by Brian Compton

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak will miss the season opener Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks because of an upper-body injury.

Halak skated before the rest of the Islanders took the ice at Barclays Center for the morning skate. Coach Jack Capauno said Halak is day-to-day.

Thomas Greiss will start against the Blackhawks. He will be backed up by Jean-Francois Berube, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings

"Jaro's not 100 percent right now," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "For us, it was an easy decision [to start Greiss]. Berube's just been with us for a few short days here.

"Jaro's progressing well. He's day-to-day and we'll see how he is as we move forward."

Halak was 38-17-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage last season, his first with New York.

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