That marks 15 of the last 16 starts for Nabokov, who will likely get a rest when the back end of this home-and-home comes tomorrow at the Coliseum. Al Montoya has been healthy for over a week now, so he could use a start after not playing the last month.
Jonas Gustavsson goes for the Leafs in goal. Steve Staios will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game, with the Isles having allowed only two goals in the three games with Dylan Reese in the lineup.
Nabokov was also named third star of the week by the NHL after going 3-0 with a 0.86 GAA in three straight wins. Evgeni Malkin and Philly's Scott Hartnell were first and second stars.
The Leafs have lost four of their last five after a four-game winning streak to open 2012. This is the last game of a stretch of nine out of 10 at home for Toronto, which is 5-3 in that stretch. The Islanders have not had a four-game win streak this season.
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