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Fantasy Spin: Greiss becomes must-add goalie

Islanders' efficient backup to be tested with Halak out

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Thomas Greiss' League-best save percentage is about to be put to the test.

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak will miss at least six weeks because of an injury sustained Tuesday, opening the door for Greiss to take on No. 1 goalie duties for the final month of the regular season. Greiss (54 percent owned in Yahoo) is 18-6-3 with the best save percentage (.930) in the NHL among goalies with at least 20 games played.

Greiss, ranked 68th among all players by Yahoo, is expected to start Wednesday for the Islanders at the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York has 18 regular-season games remaining (including Wednesday), most in the NHL. Although Greiss is expected to shoulder the load, there is a chance third-stringer Jean-Francois Berube will be spotted multiple starts down the stretch -- especially with the Islanders set to play five games in the final week of the regular season.

Berube has appeared in three games this season, starting twice. He gave up four goals in a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in his first start Oct. 10 and allowed three goals in a win Feb. 2 against the Minnesota Wild. Berube is owned in fewer than 1 percent of Yahoo leagues and is a deep-league flier at this point.

Stay tuned for David Satriano's extended fantasy goalie analysis Thursday with additional Halak replacement options and updated top 30 rankings.

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