Friday, November 18, 2011

Nabokov Out Indeifnitely

Having already been hurt once this season, not quite as significant the first time, a second injury isn't making Evgeni Nabokov's case to be an expensive pick-up in a trade very promising. No, Nabokov has reportedly suffered a major groin injury, which team is saying will keep him out of the line-up for an indefinite period of time, but it is believed to be about 3-to-4 weeks on the shelf.

Nabokov left Thursday night's game against the Canadiens almost eight minutes into the 1st period and was not in net to get credit for the win, instead it was Rick DiPietro.

Halfway through Week Seven, Nabokov has appeared in eight games for the Islanders, picking up a weak record of 1-5-0, with a goals against average of 2.83 and a save percentage of .910.  The numbers are not exactly stellar and having only 2 points in the pool ranks him with many of the back-up goalies in the league, which likely doesn't help his value for getting traded this year.  Thankfully for the Islanders, his salary is under $1 million, so you could argue that they are getting what they are paying for.

ImplicationsDespite some pretty poor numbers, Allan S. is still doing pretty well in the draft, sitting in 4th place, going into Friday's action.  Allan has middle-of-the-pack goalie minute numbers this season and is getting about a point-per-60 minutes of play from his goaltending tandem, which is just below average at the moment.  His best position in the pool is his forwards, which rank on top of everyone at this point in the season, collecting 118 points, which is 8 points better than Wayne and 13 points better than Clayton.  Will Allan necessarily miss Nabokov?  Probably not.

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