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Preseason Buzz: Islanders goalies excelling

Halak, Greiss making case for starting job with stellar play

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Welcome to the 2017 preseason!

This is a busy time, with preseason games underway, rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans aiming to lock down roster spots. Each day, we will have all the updates of note right here.

Here is the preseason news for Tuesday:

 

Islanders goaltenders look ready for season

Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss are making it hard for New York Islanders coach Doug Weight to pick an opening-night starter.

Greiss made 25 saves in New York's 3-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on Monday. He has allowed one goal on 43 shots during the preseason.

But Halak has been even better: He has surrendered one goal on 57 shots so far.
The Islanders have preseason games remaining, at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and at Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday before beginning the regular season at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 6.

"Our goaltenders have led the charge in training camp," Weight told the Islanders website after the win against the Devils. "I'm pretty excited about that part of the game."

 

Darling looks sharp in debut for Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes gave new goaltender Scott Darling plenty of help in his first game. Darling faced one shot in the first 10 minutes and allowed two goals on 21 shots in a 6-2 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen each scored two goals to help Carolina improve their preseason road record to 4-0-0.

Darling, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade on April 28, didn't play until Monday because he was a little "banged up," according to coach Bill Peters. He's expected to play in Carolina's preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Friday.

"It feels great. I've been looking to this for a long time," Darling said of his first start, according to the Hurricanes website. "I had the butterflies in the stomach beforehand, but I'm thrilled to get it out of the way and move forward. New team, new season, keep it rolling."

 

Boucher has no idea when Karlsson can return to Senators

The Ottawa Senators hope defenseman Erik Karlsson will be ready for the regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 5, but coach Guy Boucher told the Ottawa Citizen on Monday he had "no idea" where Karlsson was in his recovery from surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot on June 14.

Karlsson, the Senators captain, is expected to skate with his teammates on Wednesday after taking three days off following a skate on Saturday.

"It's the second step in the process," Boucher told the paper. "The first step was the off-ice and the second step is to grow the on-ice. I'll be honest with you, I have no idea where it's at right now. It's really a medical thing.

"It won't be a hockey thing; it won't be, 'Is his mind ready?' or 'Are his skills ready?' It's really a medical thing and I'm waiting for the trainers to tell me we're going to step three which will be, at some point, to push hard and get the physicality in the practices, but we're not there yet."

A two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, Karlsson had 71 points (17 goals, 54 assists) in 77 games last season, and had 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

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