Nabokov was tabbed to be the backup to Kevin Poulin on Monday night, but Visnovsky was in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 19 when he sustained a concussion against Carolina. He has one goal and two assists in eight games this season.
Nabokov is returning from his second groin injury of the season. The 38-year-old goalie got hurt against Dallas on Jan. 6 and has missed the previous 10 games. Nabokov sat out 11 games following his initial injury, sustained Nov. 16 against Detroit.
Nabokov, who could start Wednesday night outdoors at Yankee Stadium when the Islanders take on the New York Rangers, went 4-3-2 in starting 10 of the 11 games between his injuries. He is 9-8-5 with a 2.88 goals-against average overall in 24 games this season.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings