Nabokov (groin) is skating today for the first time since being injured.
Nabokov was hurt on the first shot of the game in a game against the Red Wings on November 16. He was expected to be out at least four weeks and it has been just over two. Nabby will remain sidelined for a couple more weeks, but his return to the ice positive news because the Isles goaltending has struggled without him.
The Islanders have place Nabokov () on IR retroactive to November 16.
Nabokov was injured on the first shot of the game on Saturday. Darren Helm whistled a wrester past Nabby on a breakaway and he went down, left the game and did not return. His designation to IR allows the Islanders to recall Anders Nilsson from Birdgeport (AHL).
Nabokov allowed four goals on 28 shots in a loss to the Blue Jackets on November 9. He has struggled lately and yielded some starts to Kevin Poulin. Nabby will face a Red Wings team who have lost five straight, four straight in OT or the shootout.
Nabokov had a great history vs. the Capitals heading into Tuesday, but he was torched for six goals on 39 shots in the blowout loss. Nabby has had a hard time keeping the biscuit out of the net, allowing 25 goals in his last 6 starts (4.17 per game). He has a solid matchup tonight vs. the Blue Jackets.
Nabokov gave up four goals on 31 shots in a win over the Senators on Friday. He has given up at least three goals in all of his last five starts. Nabokov faces a Washington team who expects to get Alex Ovechkin back this evening.
Nabokov allowed three goals on 24 shots in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. After a good start to the season, Nabby has had a rough time in his last five starts. He won two, but had a 3.41 GAA and .887 SV%. Tonight he will face an Ottawa team who have lost three in a row.
Nabokov gave up three goals on 42 shots in a huge win over their divisional rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nabokov had given up 17 goals in his five previous starts (3.40 GAA). He'll look to grab a win over another rival tonight, vs. the Rangers.
Nabokov gave up five goals on 33 shots in a loss to the Canucks on Tuesday. He has a tough matchup vs. the Penguins tonight- he was 1-4-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .893 SV% vs. Pittsburgh last season. He has lost four of his last five starts, I would avoid this one tonight.
Nabokov allowed four goals on 23 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday. He has lost three of his last four starts and had a tough fantasy week last week - 1-1-1 / 2.95 GAA / .895 SV%. He has a tough matchup tonight with the Canucks in town.
Nabokov gave up two goals on 29 shots in a win over the Oilers on Thursday. The 38-year-old netminder has had a great start to the year - posting a 2.25 GAA and .925 SV% in six starts. He allowed three goals and lost in OT in his only game vs. Carolina last season.
Nabokov allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres on Tuesday. It was his second straight loss, despite having a decent start. He has a 2.29 GAA and .924 SV% and will look to build off that against an Oilers team averaging 2.86 goals per game.
Nabokov allowed three goals on 31 against Nashville on Saturday. He has been solid posting a 2.17 GAA and .927 SV% through four starts. He has a great chance to improve on those numbers tonight against the winless Sabres.
No morning skate for Isles, but Nabokov is the starter.
After a strong 2012-13 campaign, Nabokov has picked up right where he left off. He has started the year 2-0-1 with a 1.89 GAA and .935 SV%. He was given the night off last night in Chicago, so he draws a much easier matchup tonight against the offensively inept Predators.
Nabokov started back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday they needed overtime to beat the Devils and then lost in a shootout to Columbus on Saturday. Nabby has started 1-0-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .914 SV%.