Nabokov allowed three goals on 29 shots in a loss to the Oilers on Wednesday. He has lost four of his last five starts while allowing 18 goals on 116 shots (.845 SV%). He is losing his 'starter' tag on Long Island, but does it really matter? They are terrible and you probably should own him regardless if he is the number-1 or not.
Nilsson allowed two goals on 38 shots in a win over the Jets on Tuesday. It was a nice bounce-back for Nilsson who allowed five goals in his previous outing. He draws a strong matchup tonight vs. a Flames team who are missing seven regulars from their lineup.
Nabokov gave up five goals on 19 shots before being pulled on Saturday vs. the Devils. After an ugly performance the Isles elected to start Anders Nilsson in the last two games. They will go back to Nabby tonight, but with Thomas Vanek now in Montreal and John Tavares out for the season, Islanders goalies have become even less trustworthy than they already were.
Donovan has one goal and six assists in 36 games with the Islanders this season. He deserved to be recalled after playing very well in the AHL. Donovan had 21 points (7G / 14A) in 27 games on the Sound Tigers blueline.
The Canadiens have sent Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second-round pick to the Islanders for Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick.
Collberg was a second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He has three goals and six assists with Frolunda HC in Sweden. The picks will swap hands if the Canadiens make the playoffs.
Hamonic returns to the Islanders blueline after serving his one-game suspension.
Hamonic was suspended for Sunday's game after getting an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Saturday's loss. With Andrew MacDonald getting traded to the Flyers this afternoon, Hamonic will be leaned on heavily by the Islanders the rest of the season. Hamonic already averages close to 25 minutes a game, but MacDonald played the eighth most minutes in the NHL to this point.
Nilsson gets his second straight start for the Isles.
Nilsson allowed five goals on 34 shots in a loss to Florida on Sunday. Despite the rough outing, the Islanders will give Nilsson another shot tonight in Winnipeg. In six starts and eight appearances this season, Nilsson is 1-3-2 with a 3.68 GAA and .878 SV%. Those are not pretty numbers, look elsewhere for a spot-start tonight.
Nilsson, who was recalled on Saturday, stopped 15 of 16 shots after replacing Evgeni Nabokov in Saturday's 6-1 loss to New Jersey. Nilsson has gone 7-1-0 in his last eight games with Bridgeport (AHL) and is 1-2-2 with a 3.45 GAA and .883 SV% with the Islanders. He draws a strong spot-start matchup vs. Panthers, but without John Tavares, Islanders goalies become tough trust.
Nielsen (hand) has been activated from IR and is expected to play tonight.
Nielsen has missed the last two games with a broken hand that he suffered after being slashed by Erik Johnson before the break. Nielsen is expected to centre the top line with Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo on his wings.
Hamonic will be automatically suspended for one-game after receiving and instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Saturday's loss to the Devils.
Hamonic will sit out on Sunday vs. Florida and could potentially be suspended beyond the one game. Hamonic has 10 points (1G /9A) with a minus-4 rating while averaging close to 25 minutes in 49 games this season.
Nabokov allowed four goals on 22 shots in a 5-4 OT win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Despite not having John Tavares or Frans Nielsen, the Islanders were able to push five past a rusty-looking Jonathan Bernier. This afternoon, Nabby will face the Devils for the third time this season. In the first two contests he has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .907 SV%.