Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during a shootout at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf - Islanders Daily 11/18/13

Mar 10, 2012; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson (45) against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders goaltending situation is once again at the forefront of conversation. On Sunday afternoon, Arthur Staple reported that Evgeni Nabokov was expected to miss “4+ weeks” due to the injury he sustained versus the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, and that Anders Nilsson would be joining the team from Bridgeport. While many are excited about the prospects of Kevin Poulin taking over the starting job, the backup situation is once again muddled.

In the AHL, Nilsson hasn’t exactly been playing up to expectations this season. With a 3-6-1 record, and a subpar .880 SV% and 3.57 GAA for the Sound Tigers, Nilsson clearly needs more time to develop in the minors before earning a spot with the big club. While the big Swede has played well in previous NHL opportunities, his recent statistics suggest the Islanders would be better served searching for outside help; however, don’t get your hopes up.

Staple also mentioned that the organization is not currently in the market for another goaltender.

The next few weeks should be interesting for the Isles. Keep an eye on both Poulin and Nilsson, who should be expected to split time before the team decides on whether or not they need to make an additional move.

In case you missed it:

Nabokov’s injury creates a huge opportunity for Poulin. (EOI)

Anders Nilsson will join the Islanders. (Isles Talk)

Strome is working to follow Tavares to Long Island. (Islanders website)

Poulin now No. 1 with Nabby on the shelf. (Newsday)

Will Aaron Ness stick with the big club? (EOI)

 

Around the NHL

Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Ottawa Senators 1: CBJ (Johanson, Umberger, Tyutin, MacKenzie), OTT (Karlsson) – The Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves.

Washington Capitals 4, St. Louis Blues 1: WSH (Ovechkin [2], Grabovski, Carlson), STL (Sobotka) – Alexander Ovechkin scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season, tying him with Alex Steen for the NHL lead.

Los Angeles Kings 1, New York Rangers 0: LAK (Toffoli) – Ben Scriven stopped all 37 shots to earn his second consecutive shutout – third in 2013-14.

Chicago Blackhawks 5, San Jose Sharks 1: CHI (Pirri, Sharp [2], Toews, Versteeg), SJS (Pavelski) – Kris Versteeg scored a goal and added an assist in his return to the United Center.

Minnesota Wild 2, Winnipeg Jets 1: MIN (Koivu [2]), WPG (Byfuglien) – Mikko Koivu scored twice, including once with 3:12 remaining, to lead Minnesota to a win.

Dallas Stars 2, Vancouver Canucks 1: DAL (Nichushkin, Cole), VAN (H. Sedin) – Kari Lehtonen made 42 saves en route to his 10th victory of the season.

-CT

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