Nabokov, 38, started Saturday but left in the first period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings with a groin injury. Newsday projects that Nabokov will be sidelined for at least four weeks, but adds there are no plans to look outside the organization for goaltending help at this time.
Nilsson, the Islanders' third-round pick (No. 62) in the 2009 NHL Draft, is 3-6-1 with a 3.57 goals-against average and .880 save percentage at Bridgeport. He'll back up Kevin Poulin, who has started three of New York's past four games in goal and now assumes the starter's role.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final