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Evgeni Nabokov | Goalie

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/25/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
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Lightning coach Jon Cooper offered a lukewarm show of support for backup goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
Nabokov has a 3.15 GAA and .882 save percentage in 11 games this season. On Monday he allowed four goals on 13 shots before being pulled from the contest. "He has given us some quality starts and he's given some that I think he would like to have back," Cooper said. "He's played in some tough situations in the back-to-backs that have been difficult for him, but he's also played some games where we expected better. It's been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for him. But he's never been in this situation before, and there's been some situations where we expected better and so did he. But it's not like he’s not trying." Nabokov has no fantasy value at this point. Even if Ben Bishop gets hurt, we would expect Tampa Bay to lean on AHL goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy over Nabokov. Jan 13 - 4:23 PM

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Evgeni Nabokov was pulled in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Flyers.

The Lightning gave Nabokov the hook after he allowed four goals on 13 shots. The 39-year-old isn't even close to being the player he once was in San Jose. Nabokov has just one win in his last seven starts (1-4-2). His overall record falls to 3-6-2. The bigger story in this game is that Tampa Bay lost both Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson to injury.
Jan 12 - 9:47 PM

Evgeni Nabokov is projected to start for Tampa Bay on Monday.

Nabokov was the first goaltender off the ice after the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. He has a 2.82 GAA and .892 save percentage in 10 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 12 - 12:06 PM

Evgeni Nabokov will probably start on Monday or Tuesday.

Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness said that Nabokov and Ben Bishop would probably split the team's back-to-back situation. Tampa visits Philadelphia on Monday and plays at Boston on Tuesday.
Jan 12 - 10:39 AM

Tampa Bay backup Evgeni Nabokov stopped 16-of-18 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday night.

The Lightning scored two goals or fewer for the seventh time in his eight starts this season but he hasn't been that great overall either. The veteran back-up has not been a source of strong play backing up Ben Bishop so far this season with a 3-4-2 record. He carries a an unimpressive 2.84 goals against average and .893 save percentage into his next relief appearance.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:57:00 PM

Evgeni Nabokov will get his eighth start of the season when the Lightning take on the Devils Friday night.

It's been an ugly season for the veteran netminder who has surrendered 21 goals on 196 shots through eight games this season. That's a 2.99 GAA and .893% save percentage. However he's fared well against the Devils since 2013, in 10 starts, nine with the Islanders, he's recorded six starts with two goals allowed or fewer.
Source: Dan Rosen
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 05:26:00 PM

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves as he and the Tampa Bay Lightning were doubled up 4-2 by the Penguins in Pittsburgh Monday night.

Nabokov fell to 3-4-1 on the season. His goals-against average is 2.99 and his save percentage is .893. Nabokov came in at the start of the second period after starting Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was injured. Bishop suffered a lower-body injury.Nabokov wasn't all that dependable in this one and fantasy team owners who were taking chances with him may wish to reconsider.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Evgeni Nabokov made 29 stops on 30 shots to guide Tampa Bay to a 2-1 win over Carolina on Thursday night.

After an uneven start to the season, Nabokov has been great in his past two starts, allowing one goal in each of them while facing 52 shots combined. His record improves to 3-3-1 with an .897 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:49:00 PM

Evgeni Nabokov is Tampa Bay's probable starter for Thursday night against Carolina.

He was the first goaltender off the ice at the team's morning skate. Nabokov's last start came on Dec. 2 in a 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo. The veteran netminder has had some trouble adjusting to the backup role so far, while posting a 2-3-1 record along with an .883 save percentage and a 3.15 GAA.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Evgeni Nabokov is still adjusting to being a backup goalie this year.

"You've got a guy, especially he's played 15 years, and he's used to playing 60-plus games a year," coach Jon Cooper said. "And now he's getting in six maybe every two months. I'm sure it's tough on him. Guys like Nabby, they bring so much more than just what they're doing on the ice, what he's doing in the room, how he's helping Bish. He's been unreal in that aspect. I can't say enough about him." He made his first start in two weeks on Tuesday in a 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo. He also hasn't faced very favorable situations with six of his starts coming in back-to-back situations and five of them taking place in the second match of those sets.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 21 of 22 shots in Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but ended up being saddled with a loss in a 2-1 decision.

Nabokov had made only five starts entering the night and the loss drops his record to 2-4-0. He has struggled in limited action and is nothing more than a handcuff to starting keeper Ben Bishop. Nabokov's GAA is 3.15 while his save percentage is an ugly .883.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:52:00 PM

Evgeni Nabokov will get his sixth game of the season Tuesday night in Buffalo.

Nobokov is having a miserable season as Ben Bishop's backup but there may be reason to believe he can have a good start in Buffalo as his save percentage is .923 with a 2.20 GAA in 13 starts.
Source: Joe Smith
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Evgeni Nabokov struggled mightily against his former Islanders teammates Tuesday and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-2 decision.

Given a rare opportunity to start in place of Ben Bishop, Nabokov was beaten for five goals on 36 shots in the loss. He has given very little incentive to the Lightning coaches to assign him more playing time given that his 2-3-0 record is accompanied by a 3.71 GAA and an .870 save percentage.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:14:00 PM

Just to confirm, Evgeni Nabokov will start on Tuesday.

Nabokov will get a chance to play against his old team, the New York Islanders. He has a 3.32 GAA and .874 save percentage in four games in 2014-15.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Evgeni Nabokov is expected to start on Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Ben Bishop will play against the Rangers on Monday. Nabokov spent three seasons with the Islanders before he signed with Tampa Bay to serve as Bishop's understudy.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 04:53:00 PM

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C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Brett Connolly
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Andrej Sustr
7Mark Barberio
8Nikita Nesterov
9Mattias Ohlund
10Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov