Nabokov continues to struggle in the playoffs after having a strong regular season. He allowed for goals on 27 shots in the Game 5, 4-0 loss that puts the Isles on the brink of elimination. It was expected to be a tough series for Nabby but his 4.69 GAA and .847 SV% aren't going to get it done for New York.
#Isles Evgeni Nabokov first off the ice for Isles. No surprise there
Nabokov allowed five goals on 25 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss in Game 3. Nabby has struggled posting a 4.77 GAA and .836 SV% through the first three games of the playoffs. The Isles have given the Penguins all they can handle thus far so some improved play from Nabokov could translate into some wins.
Game 1 was a tough one for Nabokov. He allowed four goals on 15 shots before being pulled in favor of Kevin Poulin. It is not going to get any easier for Nabokov, because Sidney Crosby is back for Game 2.
Nabokov gets the start for #Isles in Game 1 against the #Pens.
Nabokov looked like he did in San Jose in 2009-10. He had a fantastic season with the Isles this year. He went 23-11-7 with a 2.50 GAA and .910 SV% and got New York into playoffs for the first time since 2007. It is going to be nearly impossible for the Islanders to get by the Penguins, but it all starts with Nabokov. If he can keep them in games, they have talent upfront that can put the biscuit in the net.
Nabokov has been superb for the Islanders this season and has them in the post-season for the first time since 2007. Nabby has yet to lose in regulation this month, going 7-0-3 with a 2.53 GAA and .913 SV% in 10 starts in April. He has a good matchup vs. the Sabres so he should make for a solid start.
Nabokov is first to head back to the dressing room for the #Isles this morning.
Like Reimer, Nabokov has been torrid recently. He's 4-0-1 in his last 5 allowing 6 goals over that stretch. Hard to believe this would be a goalie duel on paper but it looks like it is shaping up to be one.
Nabokov has been awesome over the last seven days. He is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .949 SV%. He gets the call tonight vs. their New York rivals. The Rangers are 3-1-1 in their last five so it won't be an easy win for Nabby.
Nabokov allowed one goal 27 shots in a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday. He has started 8 of the past 9 games posting a 6-1-1 record with 1 shutout, a 1.48 GAA and .942 SV%. He has a tough matchup vs. the Bruins tonight but he is a solid high-end #2 fantasy goalie option right now.
Nabokov has won five out of his last seven starts and has the Islanders right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. This is a huge game between the Flyers and Islanders as they both battle for the last playoff spot. It isn't too bad of a matchup for Nabokov and with the importance of the game, he might make for a decent start.
Nabokov allowed just one goal on 22 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Capitals on Thursday. He will face a Lightning team that he is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA, .932 SV% and one shutout against this year.
Nabokov allowed one goal on 25 shots in a 3-1 win over the Devils on Monday. He has now won four out of his last five starts. He has a tough matchup tonight vs. a surging Capitals team. Washington has won five out of their last seven games.
Nabokov had his three game winning streak snapped on Saturday. He allowed two goals on 27 shots vs. the Penguins. He played very well, but Tomas Vokoun could not be beat in the other net. He will need to outplay Martin Brodeur tonight if he is going to record a win.