Isles' Nabokov Comes Up Small Once Again: Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on 21 shots as the Islanders lost in overtime and were eliminated by the Penguins, 4-3 on Saturday. (Updated 5/11/13)
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To put it nicely, Evgeni Nabokov was disappointing in this series. While you can't blame every goal on him, he was outplayed badly by Tomas Vokoun and the game-winning goal was a 60-foot slap shot by Brooks Orpik, not exactly someone who possesses a rifle for a shot. A month ago it looked like Nabokov would have a strong chance to return to the Islanders next season, but his play in the playoffs may have hastened his exit as the Islanders' starting goaltender. (Updated 5/11/13).
Evgeni Nabokov had a solid seaon for the Islanders last year as he posted a 2.55 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 42 games. Those numbers could have been much better if he had a quality defense in front of him. Nabokov is slated to once again be the Islanders starting goaltender, which does limit his fantasy value, but the Isles are getting better as a team, just not quickly. He could also be traded at almost any point to a team that needs a veteran presence in net and is willing to pay the price for Nabokov. He's a solid option once most of the second-tier goaltending options have been taken, just don't expect him to carry your team. (Updated 8/14/12)