The Islanders announced today that Evgeni Nabokov is out indefinitely with a groin injury. The announcement comes after Nabokov under went an MRI exam today.
Nabokov played just 7:55 in last nights win over the Canadiens before he left with the injury. Nabokov mad a pad save and immediately fell to the ice in pain after. Newsday’s Arthur Staple suggests that Nabokov could be out for as long as a month.
The Islanders will now rely on the goaltending tandem of Rick Dipietro and Al Montoya until Nabokov returns.no comments
Uniondale, NY -- In case you’re wonder who that is in the Ice Girls get up,that would be Dave Bova, the editor of Maxim magazine.
Last season Bova hung out with Islanders head equipment manager Scott Boggs for an article for Maxim. Safe to assume that this, awkwardly hilarious, stunt by Bova has something to do with Maxim.no comments
Uniondale, NY -- It came down to the wire, but the Islanders held on to defeat the Canadiens last night, 4-3, at the Nassau Coliseum. The crucial win snapped the Islanders four game losing streak and is a big moral booster as the they get set to face the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins on Saturday for the second time in less than two weeks.
The first period saw the Canadiens and Islanders trade chances. John Tavares had several chances including one he shot stick side that was deflected out of play by Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj’s stick. Brian Rolston also had good opportunity on a short-handed attempt that hit the cross bar.
The most significant event to happen in the first was a groin injury sustained by Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov made a pad save and then immediately fell forward in pain. He left the ice and did not return to the game. The Islanders brought in Rick Dipietro to play the rest of the game.
The second period is where the action picked up. 41 seconds in PA Parenteau capitalized on a puck-handling gaffe made by Budaj. He miss handled the puck allowing Parenteau to burry an easy shot to give the Islanders the 1-0 lead. Several minutes later Josh Bailey made great feed to Jay Pandolfo, who pushed the puck past Budaj to make it a two nothing game.
“Matt Martin made a good play in the defensive zone,” Pandolfo, who scored his 100th career NHL goal during the game, started off saying when asked about the play. “Then we had a three on two and Matty slide it to me and he drove to the net, that makes it all happen. Then I passed it over to Josh and Josh had great patients there and just found me on the back door.”
Mark Streit would burry the Islanders third goal of the period six minutes later. “It obviously does feel great, but the two points are way more important tonight,” Streit said when asked about scoring a goal against his former team.
The Candiens would turn the tide in the second half of the period. Max Pacioretty scored Montreal’s first goal of the night at 14:52. Eric Cole brought the Canadiens within one after Rick Dipietro was knocked to the ice and Cole was able to lift the puck right into the net.
Matt Moulson answered right back for the Islanders. Moulson through the puck on net and it found its’ way through the legs of Budaj to put the Islanders back up by two goals.
The Montréal Canadiens will make their first trip of the season to Long Island tonight to take on the New York Islanders. The biggest news about the game, there will be no snow on this time around. The Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4- nothing last night with Michael Cammalleri, Yannick Weber, P.K. Subban, and Travis Moen all scoring. The Canadiens outshot the Hurricanes 36-25 in the win.
-The Islanders will send Evgeni Nabokov to guard the net tonight. Nabokov stoped 26 of 29 shots he faced on Tuesday against the New York Rangers and posted .897 save percentage. Overall he is 1-5 in seven starts with a goals against average of 2.89 and saver percentage of .910.
-The Islanders have scratched Kyle Okposo and Mark Eaton for the second stright game.
The Canadiens will counter that by sending Carey Price to protect the net. Price shutout the Hurricanes last night making 25 saves. He is 7-6-3 in 16 games with a goals against average of 2.29 and a save percentage of .913.
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Test results on Calvin de Haan’s shoulder showed nothing serious according Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post. de Haan was injured on Saturday by a hit from Dan Byers of the Springfield Falcons and under went an MRI.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson doesn’t expect de Haan to play this weekend though the test results are “good news.” de Haan did not practice and according to Thompson he is “day to day.”no comments
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Updated 7:10 - Here it is the new Islanders third Jersey. Fans leave your thoughts in the comments section and tell us what you think. Good, Bad, or otherwise tell us how you feel.
The Islanders will debut the new third jersey on November 23 when they host the Flyers and then wear it again the day after thanksgiving when they take on the New Jersey Devils. Below is a complete list of dates the Islanders will wear the jersey (excludes the Flyers and Devils game):
December 10th vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
December 23rd vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
January 12th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
January 21st vs. Carolina Hurricanes
February 4th vs. Buffalo Sabres
February 20th vs. Ottawa Senators
March 4th vs. New Jersey Devils
March 13th vs. Washington Capitals
March 31st vs. Boston Bruins
April 5th vs. Winnipeg Jets