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And then there were two: Nabokov hurt vs. Habs

Nov 17, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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Evgeni Nabokov lasted about half of the first period against the Montreal Canadiens before he had to be helped off the ice with a groin injury. The Islanders announced that he will not return to the game and will be reevaluated on Friday.

The injury leaves the Islanders with two goaltenders left on their roster. Tonight, Rick DiPietro took over for the injured Nabokov in Long Island against Montreal. If Nabokov is forced to miss a substantial amount of time, the team will roll with DiPietro and Al Montoya until the Russian returns.

The injury is just the latest chapter in one of the most interesting goaltending situations in the NHL. Over the early part of the season, Al Montoya has been the best goaltender on the team. He has the best goals against average and best save percentage. On a slightly pathetic note, his two wins also lead all Islanders goaltenders.

Nabokov has not been overly impressive in his first active season with the Islanders. He’s only won a single game in seven starts had has battled inconsistency when he’s been in net. We’ll should find out tomorrow just how long Nabokov’s wonky groin will keep him out—but at least the Islanders have a couple of alternatives.

  1. trbowman - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    An Islles goalie hurt, and it’s not DiPietro

  2. bcisleman - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Not a fair assessment of Nabby’s play at all. He has been fairly solid for the NYI &, apart from a bad outing after almost two weeks out due to injury against the Bruins, he has given the NYI a chance to win every game he has been in.

    The injury is apparently a groin. If it keeps him out any length of time, it will keep the NYI from making any moves to improve. He may wind up being a deadline deal.

  3. rainyday56 - Nov 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    players will do anything to avoid wearing that awful 3rd jersey!

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