DENVER - Evgeni Nabokov is along for the remainder of this six-game road swing and was able to do some light off-ice work Friday, good signs for a quicker recovery from his quadriceps injury than initially was expected.
When he went down in the first period on Monday against the Stars and went on injured reserve after that game, it was assumed that this latest injury would be as bad as, if not worse than, the groin injury that kept him out a month from November into December. The Islanders were 1-9-2 without Nabokov.
But just four days after the injury, the fact that he was able to do some running and stationary bike riding was encouraging.
He is eligible to come off injured reserve on Monday, but it's more likely that he'll need until the tail end of the road trip to be ready for a return.
Jack Capuano has been loath to give updates on D Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion), who has been out since Oct. 20. But on Friday he was willing to say that Visnovsky is "feeling better" and that the defenseman took a baseline neurological exam earlier this week.
Visnovsky has yet to be cleared to resume skating but might take another baseline test after a few days of off-ice workouts to see if he's ready to skate. He still is several weeks away from returning.
Former Islander PA Parenteau was in the arena but was not in the Avalanche lineup for a true meeting with his former team. Parenteau suffered a sprained knee on New Year's Eve that will keep him out for six weeks, though he skated lightly in the morning workout.