Evgeni Nabokov G TB 13 Days

Nabokov gave up four goals on just 13 shots before being removed in the second period of Monday's 7-3 loss to the Flyers.

With Ben Bishop excelling in front of him, Nabokov hasn't gotten many opportunities to start this season. When he has though, the 39-year-old has struggled to the tune of a 3.15 GAA and just an .882 save percentage. Even though the Bolts are one of the best offensive clubs in the league, Nabokov makes for a risky play on days that he receives the starting nod.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 13 Days

Nabokov has been confirmed as the starter for Monday's game against the Flyers.

As expected, Nabokov will be in goal for the first time since Jan. 2. He's 3-5-2 on the season with a 2.83 GAA and .892 save percentage.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 13 Days

Nabokov was the first goalie off the ice at the Lightning's morning skate, suggesting that he will start Monday's game against the Flyers, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Nabokov's projected start Monday thus sets the stage for Ben Bishop to draw the nod on Tuesday against the Bruins.

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Nabokov gave up two goals on 18 shots in relief of Ben Bishop in Friday's loss to Pittsburgh.

Bishop doesn't usually have a bad outing, but when he does, Nabakov is there to step in. The 39-year-old backup was given credit for the loss Friday, putting him at 3-5-2 on the season. With a .892 save percentage and 2.82 GAA, Nabokov's best days are long behind him. The Lightning are one of the league's best teams, though, so whenever Nabokov gets the call, he makes for a decent spot start.

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Nabokov is expected to start in net against the Penguins on Tuesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Nabokov and Andrei Vasilevsky were the only two goalies on the ice for morning skate, leaving the former as the likely option in net Tuesday. He allowed two goals on 18 shots in his last outing Friday in a shootout loss to the Devils, and will likely split starts with Vasilevsky until Ben Bishop returns from a lower body injury.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 1 Month

Nabokov surrendered two goals on just 18 shots in Friday's shootout loss to New Jersey.

It wasn't a strong outing for Nabokov, who has managed only one win in his last five starts. With starter Ben Bishop (lower body) sidelined, the veteran Nabokov is expected to split time with youngster Andrei Vasilevskiy. The 20-year-old made 23 saves on 24 shots in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia and is expected to start Saturday's game against the Islanders. Considering Nabokov's recent struggles, it's very possible the former Shark takes a back seat to Vasilevskiy while Bishop is out.

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Nabokov said after the team's optional morning skate that he would make the start Friday against the Devils, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.

With Ben Bishop (lower body) likely out until at least Tuesday, the Bolts appear set to split the weekend back-to-back starts between Nabokov and the newly-recalled Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is expected to go Saturday. Nabokov's performance has been mostly ugly when called upon this season (2.99 GAA and .893 save percentage in eight games), so if Bishop's absence proves to be longer than expected, Vasilevskiy could end up serving as the team's primary netminder.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 1 Month

Nabokov surrendered three goals on 21 shots, replacing Ben Bishop after the first period in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

Bishop was forced out of the game with a lower body injury, but the extent of it is unknown at this point. If he is out for an extended period of time, Nabokov could be in line to take over the starting duties in his absence. After Monday, the 39-year-old is 3-4-1 with a 2.99 GAA.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 1 Month

Nabokov made 29 saves and picked up an assist in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.

It was his 353rd NHL victory, two away from tying Kings' great Rogie Vachon for 17th place on the NHL's career win list. Nabokov still isn't getting any scoring support from his teammates, but he has started to show he can brick up the twine tent until his mates actually do score. And this time, he helped out with an assist. Roll him in match-up situations. He's starting to have fantasy value.

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Nabokov is on track to start Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Nabokov was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, which lines him up to start Thursday night for just the second time since Nov. 18. He will have a favorable matchup against a Carolina squad that sits 28th in the league with 2.19 goals per game and has won just three of its last 13 games entering Thursday's contest.