Jaroslav Halak

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Greiss Proving His Value

By Chris Boyle Possessing elite goaltending is the equivalent of a video game cheat code. It helps you avoid prolonged slumps in play and virtually assures you of yearly playoff contention. When you don’t possess it, some of your underlying issues are exposed. The Islanders possess a franchise-defining center, but they have struggled to find secondary scoring so […]

Hayes Becoming a Major Threat for Rangers

Forget about the loss to Vancouver — upsets happen — when you think about it, this season’s edition of the Rangers could be nicknamed “The Turnabouts.” For proof positive, check out the ascent of Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Grabner. Most amazing is Hayes, whose performance last season can best be characterized […]

Is This Rangers Team a Juggernaut?

My enthusiastic preseason appraisal of the Rangers’ 2016-17 season drew many derisive chuckles from the critical social media crowd. But The Maven is having the last laugh now. The big question: Is this Rangers team a juggernaut? Listening to the wise St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock after his Blues got walloped on Tuesday night you […]

Keys To Tonight’s Islanders Tilt Against The Coyotes

By: David Kolb | @DavidKolbMSG NEW YORK ISLANDERS (1-3-0) vs. ARIZONA COYOTES (1-2-0)  TAVARES HEATING UP Through the first two games of the season, Islanders captain John Tavares was unable to register any points and was a minus-3. But the two-time All-Star has started to round into form. He recorded a goal with an assist and was a plus-2 in the last […]

How Quality Shots Impact A Game

The final meeting between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum provided a great backdrop to continue to highlight shot quality and how it impacts the game of hockey. One of the illustrative tools that I have used in my ongoing Shot Quality Project are heat maps to visualize success […]

Halak Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

**COURTESY NEW YORK ISLANDERS** Islanders goalie went 3-0 last week to extend his winning streak to nine games UNIONDALE, NY (December 1, 2014) – The National Hockey League announced today that Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak was named the First Star of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 30. Halak, 29, allowed just three […]