Corey Crawford and Jaroslav Halak have been playing spectacularly well this season.
Crawford has a 5-2 record in seven games while Halak has a 3-1 record in four games so far this season. Crawford posts an impressive 1.57 GAA and a .943 save percentage while Halak posts an equally impressive 1.77 GAA and a .940 save percentage.
Despite the similarities that Halak and Crawford have, they do play for extremely different teams.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have been struggling to score goals and have been relying on Crawford to bail them out every game. In fact, they have only scored 19 goals this season. Crawford is the only reason why Chicago holds a 6-3 record after nine games and are third in the Central Division.
On the other hand, Halak plays for the Islanders who are second in the league in goals scored with 31 goals, behind the Montreal Canadiens who have 35 goals. The Islanders do not rely on their goalies to keep them in the game. In fact, the Islanders have only lost twice in regulation and are currently second in the Metropolitan Division.
Crawford and the Blackhawks played the struggling Anaheim Ducks on October 26, and he shut out the barrage of shots from superstars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. He made 39 saves before Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner in OT.
Halak, on the other hand, maintained a comfortable lead for the Islanders as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over the Calgary Flames. Halak saved 29 shots in the comfortable win.
Both goalies posted their second shutout of the season on Monday night. Hopefully, they could keep up the stellar performances this season.