Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/11
Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will make his first start for the New York Islanders as they face the cross-town rival Rangers on Saturday night.

Nabokov will get the call in place of Al Montoya, who started the first three games and went 2-1-0 with a 1.35 goals-against average.

The team's third goaltender, Rick DiPietro, is out indefinitely after taking a puck in the mask during practice earlier this week.

Nabokov, 36, hasn't played an NHL regular-season game since April 10, 2010 when he was with the San Jose Sharks. After failing to sign as a free agent, Nabokov bolted for the Kontinental Hockey League last season but left in December due to "family circumstances".

Nabokov was claimed off waivers by the Islanders in January but was suspended shortly after when he didn't report to the team. It was widely reported that Nabokov wanted to play for a contender, and had actually signed with Detroit before being claimed by the Islanders.

The Russia native is 293-178-29-37 with a 2.39 goals-against average and 50 shutouts in 563 career NHL games.
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