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.
We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.
— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5