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Nabokov makes 8th straight start vs. Coyotes, Pandolfo back in
Evgeni Nabokov will start again tonight, his eighth consecutive start. He last played on back-to-back nights Dec. 22-23, against the Rangers and Leafs, and both were losses.
Jay Pandolfo returns after missing 17 games with a broken foot, stepping in for Marty Reasoner, who is sidelined for at least a month with a broken hand. Pandolfo will center Nino Niederreiter and Tim Wallace.
Dylan Reese will dress for warmups, as will the other six defensemen who played last night, and Jack Capuano will decide on his defense corps after warmups.
"We have a couple guys banged up," Capuano said.
The Coyotes are 1-4-2 in their last seven and they head off to New York to face the Rangers on Tuesday after this quick stop at home. Jobing.com Arena has been an empty place so far this season -- the league-owned Coyotes are averaging 11,423 fans a game, the only team with worse attendance than the Islanders.