"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.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic