"We're riding the hot hand for a bit," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "If you look at his past in San Jose, you see he's used to playing a lot of games."
This will be Nabokov's eighth start of the season. He has allowed seven goals in his past three games.
The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Chris Kunitz took part after being under the weather of late and missing practices, not games, as a result. He had four goals in the Penguins' 6-3 victory against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals