Tag:

evgeni nabokov

  • Colin McDonlad has made a big impact in his first two games with the Islanders since being recalled. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • McDonald has earned his spot in the lineup, but the Islanders face a tough decision when Cal Clutterbuck and Michael Grabner return from injury. And that could be soon. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of having an impact, the Islanders fourth line has had a pretty big one this season. You know who's a part of that fourth line at the moment? Colin McDonald. [Islanders Insight]
  • The Islanders have been winning lately, albeit not in the prettiest fashion, but winning none the less. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • An ode to former Islander goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • The Shutdown Pair Podcast catches up with MSG Network's Shannon Hogan to discuss what it's been like to cover the Islanders this season, her transition to New York, and her favorite thing about Long Island. [Shutdown Pair Podcast]
Tags: cal clutterbuck, colin mcdonald, evgeni nabokov, Islanders, new york islanders
Comments

The New Jersey Devils went to Long Island looking to right the ship after a shootout loss in Newark last night. In a battle between two goalies playing at the top of their games, it was Corey Schneider?and the New Jersey Devils that came out on top, 2-1. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 16-16-8 on the season.

[sny-box]

- Adam Henrique continued a streak of excellent play with a backhander off of some great passing from Reid Boucher and?Michael Ryder at 11:37 into the first. ?This gave Henrique his second goal in as many games, and eight on the season.

Tags: Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Corey Schneider, Evgeni Nabokov, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Postgame Thoughts
Read More
Comments

The Islanders take on the Kings tonight at the Coliseum, and for the third straight game Kevin Poulin will get the nod over Evgeni Nabokov between the pipes.?Poulin has played well in limited action while Nabokov has faltered lately."Nabby's played well," Coach Jack Capuano said at practice today. "Kevin's just in a position now where the last few starts he's looked pretty good. We're gonna ride him."Poulin has .920 save percentage and 2.35 GAA in six starts so far this year. He has started three straight games for the Islanders before, once during the 2010-11 season and once during the 2011-12 season. However, this is the first time where Poulin has had an excellent chance to earn the starting role for the Islanders. In each of those previous stints, he was playing in situations where the Islanders had depth issues due to goaltender injuries.So far this season, Nabokov has an .894 SVP and 3.24 GAA in 13 games. He's struggled lately allowing 14 goals in the last three games, which has led to Poulin's string of starts.?
Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, kevin poulin, Kevin Schultz
Comments

It was an up and down week in Islander Country, starting with a poor effort in Nashville last Saturday, a 59-minute performance Thursday and culminating last night with too little, too late against Carolina. Welcome to Ups and Downs, which is an elaborate excuse to use these green and red arrows to make various points.The Chuck Norris Thumbs Up of the Week...goes to Michael Grabner for notching his sixth assist of the season in his seventh game on Thursday night. That's more than he had during all of last season when he had only five in 48 games.Who's Up/Who's Down Matt Moulson's even strength play is down this week, as he is having trouble producing at five-on-five since being removed from John Tavares' wing. Hard to tell what the motive was for that, but Moulson only has two even strength points on the season. He's still with Tavares on the power play and is doing quite well there with four power play points in his last three games (although to be fair one of his two power play goals was literally a shot he got hit by). Evgeni Nabokov's save percentage was at .925 prior to Saturday's game. It's still at .914, which is around the league average for the past couple of years, and and slightly higher than his career mark. It would be a great surprise if he held up those kind of numbers all season long. Don't hold your breath.Brock Nelson is literally down this week, sent to Bridgeport to get some game action today. That's all well and good. The down arrow here is actually for management for being pretty indecisive with what to do with the young forward. I don't mind what they've done switching Matt Donovan in and out of the lineup, but Nelson has to play more regularly. Sitting for a week doesn't help. Pointing out that fans irrationally overreact to early season losses is down this week. We get it, the average person overreacts to short-sighted outcomes. This is the internet where quick rants, strong reactions and #HOTTAKES are king. This is not a thing that only exists in Islander county. And speaking of......the shootout is also down this week. Because it's an arbitrary end to the game that improperly alters the reaction following the game from both fans and players. Especially when it comes to players who will mope around since a shootout loss is a loss, no matter how the other 65 minutes went. The shootout is great for its entertainment value, ability to get more casual fans excited about the game and the fact that ties are a plague upon the earth. But there's got to be a better way. Maybe longer OT? Sorry for the ranting, if you couldn't tell I had a small epiphany on Tuesday night.and :?Mike Francesa's Diet Coke is down, then up.
Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, matt moulson, michael grabner, mike francesa, ups and downs, Kevin Schultz
Comments

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- If there had been any concern about Evgeni Nabokov's ability to make the big saves, they were quieted after Saturday night's performance against Columbus.Despite the 3-2 loss in the shootout, Nabokov had a strong performance in his second start of the year. The 38-year-old goaltender made 27 saves on 29 shots and came up big in the clutch moments. Nabokov did not face many shots in the first two periods of the game, but when the Blue Jackets did get them on net they were quality chances. All 12 shots he saw in those periods he turned away.And even in the third period, where he allowed two goals, Nabokov battled and kept Columbus from capitalizing on several grade-A scoring chances. The performance was a much better start than Friday night's game in New Jersey. It took Nabokov a bit of time to settle down in the season opener, but even then he was able to make the big saves when his team needed them the most."He obviously made a lot of big saves when we didn?t come out as well as we should of," Matt Martin said following the 3-2 loss. "Both games he?s really held us in there and we have to be better in front of him."During his post game press conference head coach Jack Capuano noted Nabokov's ability to turn aside the rebound chances Columbus had gotten."Nabby not only made the big saves but he made the second and third opportunities as well. And that kept us right where we needed to be," Capuano said.Going into this year goaltending, and more specifically Nabokov's play, were a bit of a question mark. During the lockout shortened season he went 23-11-7 and his play between the pipes was a big reason the Islanders made it into the post season. But his performance dropped off in the playoffs, with Nabokov going 2-4 and posting a .842 save percentage.Early on it seems Nabokov has found the rhythm he had in the regular season last year. Lubomir Visnovsky called him the Islanders' best player last night."His last game was unreal and he saved this team," Visnovsky said. "It?s much easier for us if your goalie is like this. He?s unreal. I?m very happy to him and for us it?s good for our team. We got a good start and he played two good games. We must be better and don?t give too much shots to Nabby."The Islanders success this season will, in large part, depend on the play of Nabokov in net. If the Russian netminder's first two games are any indication things are looking up on Long Island. Saturday night's start was not a win for Nabokov, but it was an outing that left many people feeling good.
Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, Christian Arnold
Comments

Leave it to the Russian media to be able to put together a flashy, attention-catching headline during the time of the year when hockey stories die; the last week of August.

"Will Nabokov leave the NY Islanders for Russia?" asks a headline from Russian outlet R-Sport, just begging for your pageviews. But don't get worried, that's not based on anything that might imply Nabokov is thinking of skipping across the Atlantic to head back home like his countryman Ilya Kovalchuk did. It's more of a Glenn Beck style headline that is, as Beck famously does, just asking questions.

Read through the post a bit, and the question is posed to Nabokov:

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders
Read More
Comments

Russia has announced its preliminary Olympic roster of 35 players for the 2014 games. The list includes five goaltenders, which will be whittled down to three for the Games, including the Islanders' Evgeni Nabokov. The other four netminders are Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky, Colorado's Semyon Varlamov and two KHL netminders; Ak Bars Kazan's?Konstantin Barulin and Metallurg's Vasily Koshechkin. Russian team camp will be held on August 23rd and 24th in Sochi. Teams can have a 25-man Olympic roster for the Games.
Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, olympics
Comments

Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

Evgeni Nabokov -- G -- #20

2.50 and .910 in 41 games

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, summer report cards
Read More
Comments

Yesterday, we talked about the Devils had to stop worrying about what other teams were doing and just win a game. Well, that didn't happen. They didn't even get an overtime point and now likely have to go 6-1 the rest of the way to make the playoffs, which includes a two-game sweep of the Rangers in the final week.

So tonight, the Devils have no choice but to sit back and root for the other teams. The Senators are off tonight, but they're completely out of reach. The Islanders are not "untouchable" but they're a pretty difficult team to catch.

Tags: Blueshirts, Broadway Blueshirts, Buffalo Sabres, Capitals, Caps, Devils, Devs, Evgeni Nabokov, Flyers, Islanders, Isles, Jets, Lightning, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Philly, Rangers, Rick Nash, Sabres, Scoreboard Watching, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
Read More
Comments

If you thought something improbable happened last March when the Islanders re-signed Evgeni "didn't want to report" Nabokov to a one-year deal, well, they had a surprise for you on Friday night.

Friday, the Islanders re-signed Lubomir Visnovsky to a two-year deal days prior to the trading deadline. The signing comes after a summer (and lockout) full of speculation about whether Visnovsky would play, or enjoy playing, for the Islanders. While Visnovsky, and sometimes his agent, said all along that 'it wasn't the Islanders,' the Slovak clearly had serious concerns about leaving his family on the other side of the Atlantic.

In the end, it worked out extremely well for team and player. Visnovsky signs on for two more years with a no-move clause that stipulates he can't be moved unless the Islanders are out of the playoff hunt in 2014-15; likely to keep himself and his family in the same place.

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, lubomir visnovsky, News, Editorial Aside
Read More
Comments

Refereeing in tonight's game at the Coliseum was an issue on both sides of the puck. The Islanders' John Tavares loudly slammed the bench door early in the second period, after there was no call when Tavares was taken down hard by P.K. Subban. On the other side, Montreal coach Michel Therrien had some choice words for the refs in his post game presser:

[sny-box]"What, who? What indiscipline? Indiscipline? Do you really expect me to ?blame my guys for playing hard? I cant call out my players when?the refs made up a few calls here and there. We worked hard to get back in ?the game and we probably deserved better than that."[/sny-box]

Another moment was picked up by MSG's microphone as the Islanders left the ice at the end of the third, victorious 6-3 against the Canadiens. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov had some words for the referrees, who were standing near the Isles tunnel.?

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, michel therrien, News, Editorial Aside, video, Videos, youtube
Read More
Comments

Evgeni Nabokov tried out to be an umpire last night. (Screencap via NHL.com)The Islanders had a scoring frenzy last night, with seven goals in front of a stunned Air Canada Centre. Although I'm not sure how stunned, as they've seen things like this before. These are the Leafs who are what Forbes calls the most valuable franchise and have the highest operating income. Money doesn't always buy a better team and last night, against the less than rich Islanders, it didn't. Kind of amazing and it's almost hard to watch, if you're convinced your team could make much better use of the extra $50 million (or however much).

In Toronto, they've seen this all before. So much so that they're chanting for the hometown baseball team only three games into the season:

https://twitter.com/Zeisberger/status/294631984825778177

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, News, Editorial Aside, videos, youtube
Read More
Comments