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Nabokov gets the start tonight vs. Bruins

Evgeni Nabokov, who left his last game on Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury, will start tonight against the Bruins.

Nabokov hasn't played since he was pulled from that game just before the shootout. Rick DiPietro subbed in, took the 3-2 shootout loss and played the last three games, going 1-1-1, while Nabokov rehabbed and Al Montoya backed up.

"It's a decision we made, just like we do with the forwards and the D," Jack Capuano said. "Everything is game by game."

Nabokov is 1-2-0 with a 2.23 GAA and .927 save percentage. Montoya, who won two of the first three games of the season, will back up tonight. He said he's not concerned at all that he hasn't played since taking a 4-1 loss in Tampa on Oct. 20, despite being the only Isles goaltender who's been healthy all season.

"It's about being professional," Montoya said. "I know I can win games for this team, it's just a matter of doing my job and being ready. I imagine it's a tough decision for the coaches. But my time will come."

The rest of the Isles lineup remains the same from Saturday's 5-3 win over the Caps, which means Mike Mottau sits for a fifth straight game.

The Bruins, winners of two straight after starting the season 3-7-0, will go with Tuukka Rask in net. Rich Peverley is injured and will sit out, with Benoit Pouliot taking his place.

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