Nabokov placed on injured reserve after leaving Monday’s game


The New York Islanders have put goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on injured reserve and recalled Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport, the club announced Monday evening.

Nabokov left Monday’s game against the Dallas Stars after making a save in the opening period. As per the Islanders, he sustained a lower-body injury.

It hasn’t been disclosed whether that injury is a groin ailment, which forced Nabokov onto IR earlier in the season, forcing him to miss 11 games as a result. Before the Islanders made the roster announcement, Dan Rosen of reported that the team’s head coach, Jack Capuano, did not know if Nabokov would be traveling with the team to Toronto.

The Islanders, despite goalie Kevin Poulin coming off the bench cold and falling behind Dallas by two goals, fought back for a 7-3 victory, thanks in large to the hat trick of John Tavares, who finished with a five-point night.

Video: Nabokov hurt making save vs. Dallas, Poulin in for Isles (Updated)


The Islanders’ nightmarish goaltending season continues.

Halfway through the opening period of Monday’s game against Dallas, Evgeni Nabokov was hurt making a save and left the contest, forcing backup Kevin Poulin into action — and Poulin allowed a goal on his first shot faced, a snapper by Stars forward Erik Cole.

Dallas led 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Should Nabokov be lost for any length of time, it’ll be a major blow for the Isles. The veteran Russian netminder has struggled with health and consistency this season but was in the midst of his best stretch of the year — over his last five starts, Nabokov had a 23-save shutout over Detroit, stopped 23 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Devils, made 35 saves in a 5-3 win over Boston, stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 OT win over Chicago, then stopped 27 of 30 in a 3-2 loss to the ‘Canes.

It’s unclear what Nabokov hurt against the Stars, though early speculation suggests it’s a groin injury. If so, it wouldn’t come as a major surprise — Nabokov was placed on IR with a groin issue earlier this season, missing 11 games.

UPDATE: Here’s video of the incident…

UPDATE: According to reporter Dan Rosen, Islanders head coach Jack Capuano wasn’t sure Nabokov would be traveling with the team to Toronto tonight.

‘This one is on us’: Islanders lose high-scoring game to Coyotes


After a brief recourse from a hideous 10-game losing streak, the New York Islanders once again felt the sting of defeat.

This time, they gave up half a dozen goals in a 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, as their road trip out west came to an end. In five games away from Long Island, the Islanders were victorious just once. They’ve now dropped 11 of their past 12 games, with the only win in that time coming against the San Jose Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday.

The two teams combined for six goals in the second period, with the Coyotes scoring four. They are also without their captain and one of their top scorers Shane Doan, who is out “for the foreseeable future” due to illness.

“When it’s a 6-3 final and your goalie is still your best player, it’s a bad sign,” Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey told Newsday Long Island.

“This one is on us. You can’t have your goalie bailing you out all the time.”

Islanders’ 23-year-old goalie Kevin Poulin saw his record fall to 4-12-0. He made 31 saves in the loss.

Isles news: Nabokov off IR; Strome won’t play versus Coyotes

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Couple of Islanders notes ahead of tonight’s game in Glendale, where they’ll look to make it two straight victories for the first time since Nov. 2.

— Goalie Evgeni Nabokov has been activated off injured reserve and Anders Nilsson has been sent back to AHL Bridgeport. Nabokov will back up Kevin Poulin (who was outstanding versus the Sharks on Tuesday) against the Coyotes.

— Forward Ryan Strome will not, in fact, make his NHL debut tonight after being called up yesterday.

Tonight is the fifth and final game of the Isles’ road trip. They’re 1-3-0 so far.

Goalie nods: Gustavsson goes for Wings, Elliott for Blues

News and notes from around the crease…

Howard hurt, Monster starts

Jonas Gustavsson will be in goal tonight when Detroit takes on the Bolts in Tampa Bay.

Gustavsson was solid in his last outing — stopping 35 of 37 shots against Florida on Saturday — and now has a 2.03 GAA and .930 save percentage on the season, providing quality backup netminding behind Jimmy Howard, who is out with a knee injury.

Gustavsson will square off against Ben Bishop, who’ll get the start for Tampa.

Blues go with Elliott

Brian Elliott will make his second straight start as the Blues host the Leafs tonight in St. Louis.

Elliott stopped 21-of-22 in his last outing — a win over the Jets on Tuesday — and Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has rewarded the veteran with a successive nod.

Toronto has yet to announce its starting netminder, but the likely pick is James Reimer after Jonathan Bernier went against the Kings last night.


Blue Jackets at Rangers: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Henrik Lundvqist

Canadiens at Flyers: Carey Price vs. Steve Mason

Sabres at Senators: Ryan Miller vs. Craig Anderson

Avalanche at Jets: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Stars at Predators: Kari Lehtonen vs. Carter Hutton

‘Canes at Flames: Karri Ramo in for Calgary. No word yet for Carolina

Islanders at Coyotes: Kevin Poulin vs. Mike Smith

No confirmations for either the Boston-Edmonton or Minnesota-San Jose game.