Goaltender Jaroslav Halak was recalled by the New York Islanders from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Thursday.
The Islanders, two points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining, play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and are home against the Bruins on Saturday.
Thomas Greiss has started all but five games since Halak's demotion. Jean-Francois Berube, who has been Greiss' backup, is 3-2-2 with a 3.42 goals-against average and a save percentage of .889. Berube's last start was against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 13; he was pulled 8:02 into the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots.
Halak was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Dec. 30; he cleared the following day and was sent to Bridgeport, where he was 17-7-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 27 games.
Halak's last NHL game was a 6-4 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 29. He was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 24 shots, including three in a span of 1:20.
The 31-year-old is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 21 games for the Islanders this season. He is 206-123-42 with a 2.42 GAA and a .916 save percentage in 388 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and the Islanders.
New York acquired Halak from Washington in a trade May 1, 2014. Three weeks later, the Islanders signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract that runs through next season.
Halak set an Islanders record for wins by a goaltender with 38 in 2014-15.