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Isles stick with Nabokov, Reese in Philly
Evgeni Nabokov gets the start, coming off a 17-save shutout against the Capitals on Tuesday. Also returning is Dylan Reese, who went in for Steve Staios on defense and was part of the all-around solid game, so Reese stays in tonight against the Flyers.
The Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia, formerly First Union) Center has been a house of horrors for the Isles the last four seasons -- they're 0-11-2 in their last 13 visits here.
Not only that, but the Flyers this season added Jaromir Jagr, who has more points (58-93-142) than any other player in NHL history against the Isles. Sergei Bobrovsky, tonight's Flyers goaltender, isn't too shabby either: He's 7-0-0 with a 1.86 GAA in eight appearances against the Isles.
With even a point tonight, the Isles would break the three-way tie for 13th in the East with the Lightning and Hurricanes. The last time this season they were not in 14th or 15th place was Oct. 31, nine games into the season.