"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.
We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.
— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff