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Capuano sticking with goaltending trio

New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov blocks a

New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov blocks a shot by the Florida Panthers in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2011) (Credit: AP)

The Islanders host Winnipeg Thursday and the starting goaltender for the Isles will be ... As usual, one of three choices.

Jack Capuano has no intention of breaking up his trio of goalies or naming one as a starter over the other two. He said Evgeni Nabokov, who is back practicing after sustaining a lower body injury against the Penguins last week, "is feeling better, so that's a good sign for us.'' Nabokov skated a bit, while Al Montoya and Rick DiPietro were in net for the one-hour practice on Wednesday.

Capuano said having three goalies is a "luxury that we have right now, and at some point I’m sure it's going to play itself out.''

The thought is that Nabokov could eventually leave in a trade. "Right now I feel comfortable with all three guys, they give us a chance to win,'' Capuano said. "They've done that all year. The games obviously that we have lost have not had anything to do with our goaltending. I dealt with it in Bridgeport with three guys, I've dealt with it here. We're going to put guys in a situation to succeed. We’re only a few games into this thing. When the time comes, depending on our meetings and what we feel, like I said, I think things will work itself out."

Tags: Islanders , Jack Capuano , Evgeni Nabokov , Al Montoya , Rick DiPietro

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