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Evgeni Nabokov gets a night off

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders protects the

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders protects the net in the second period against the Florida Panthers in a hockey game at Nassau Coliseum. (April 16, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

PHILADELPHIA -- The workload is not getting to Evgeni Nabokov, who is backing up Kevin Poulin on Thursday night against the Flyers.

“Half of this game is the mental part,” Nabokov said after the morning skate. “You get in a groove, you just need to take care of yourself mentally. Physical part is not that hard, really.”

So Nabokov, who has started 15 of the last 16 games for the Isles -- and, if you’re looking big picture, he’s started 40 of the 46 games so far -- is not concerned about playing Friday night in Buffalo and however many more are on the horizon.

Jack Capuano is beefing up his lineup Thursday night around Poulin. Matt Carkner will play in place of Thomas Hickey and Eric Boulton will go in on the fourth-line wing in place of Jesse Joensuu.

The Flyers have plenty of physical players, still echoing the Broad Street Bullies era; Capuano is likely more concerned that the Flyers are already eliminated from the playoff picture and could be much more willing to take liberties with so little to play for.

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