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Nabokov ready to return from groin injury

Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders

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Evgeni Nabokov has been steady in goal this season -- when he hasn’t been hampered by groin problems. He’s ready to return from his second bout with the same injury. "It feels good, I had full practice," he said Monday at Ice Works.

Groin injuries in hockey are common place, especially for goalies. "I don't think it’s a natural movement for the human body to have skates on and...

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Snow won't trade any of his goalies

Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders

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With at least one of the three goalies on the roster often sidelined by injury, Garth Snow said he isn’t looking to trade any of them.

"I haven’t been looking to do that by any means, ‘" he said after Monday’s practice at IceWorks. "If anything, I’m glad we have the depth we do have with our goaltending, not just here but in Bridgeport as well."

At the same time,...

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Al Montoya starts tonight, Grabner, Niederreiter out

New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya (35) dives

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Michael Grabner (groin) and Nino Niederreiter (concussion) are both out for tonight's game with the Lightning at the Coliseum. Rick DiPietro (groin) is also sidelined. Al Montoya gets the start, his fifth in the last six games, with call-up Kevin Poulin backing up.

Tim Wallace, who leads Bridgeport with 9-11-20 in 24 games, makes his Isles debut, and Micheal Haley returns to the lineup. With...

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No word yet on Al Montoya

Colorado wing Daniel Winnik crashed into Islanders goalie

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Al Montoya was examined Thursday night for a possible head/neck injury, and there was no word on his condition Friday as the Islanders prepared to fly to Vancouver. He was scheduled to travel with the team as of early Friday afternoon. Montoya made 47 saves in the 4-3 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Denver and was run into three times by Avalanche players. The last, by Daniel Winnik  in the...

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