The New York Islanders have used an emergency recall to bring up goaltender Christopher Gibson from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
#Isles announce emergency recall of goaltender Christopher Gibson. Jean-Francois Berube is hurt, along with Jaroslav Halak.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) April 4, 2016
While netminder Thomas Greiss is handling the bulk of the Islanders’ starts, Jean-Francois Berube had been getting a few, especially on back-to-backs, after Jaroslav Halak went down with a groin injury on Mar. 9. Halak was slated to miss at least six weeks, which would likely carry into the first round of the playoffs.
With another goaltending injury, the pressure will ramp up even more on Greiss, who has been having a rough spring. In Halak’s absence, Greiss has gone 3-5-1, while rookie Berube has put up a slightly better record of 2-1-1.
While this is Berube’s first year of NHL play, and he only has seven total games to his name, the numbers are encouraging. He has posted a 0.914 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average. Greiss, on the other hand, started the year strong, but has clearly tailed off. In 36 games this year, he is 21-11-4, with a 0.924 save percentage and a 2.38 goals against average.
While the Islanders only have four games remaining on the schedule, they’re still in a battle for playoff seeding, so it remains to be seen if Gibson will earn a start. With the Tigers, he has played in 42 games, posting a 2.7 goals against average and a 0.909 save percentage. Gibson joined the Tigers after two years with the Toronto Marlies, where he posted significantly better stats, including a 0.921 save percentage just last season.
Should the 23-year-old see NHL action, it would be only his second ever appearance, as he played a little over 29 minutes against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 02.