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Nabby Returns, But For How Long?

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The Islanders announced on their home page yesterday that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was close to making his return to the Islanders line-up.

Per the Isles official web-site:

“Nabby is close,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said after practice at Iceworks. “He’s been practicing. Yesterday and today, he had good days.”

Isles Link Checks 12/12/11

Take a look at some of the best links involving the Islanders from the past week!

Detroit Visits Sid-Less Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will not play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings due to a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby, who missed nearly ten months because of a concussion, returned a few weeks ago and was playing excellent hockey, until a couple of collisions made the Penguins take him out of the line-up as a precaution for two games, but now that has changed to an indefinite time frame.

Jordan Staal might also sit for the Pens as well.

Detroit will have Jimmy Howard in net tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center. Detroit has lost its past two games against the Penguins, with the last win coming two years ago in Hockeytown, a 3-1 win which saw ...

Atlantic Division Holiday Wishes: Pittsburgh Penguins

(Photo credit - Zimbio.com)

In this 5 part series, Brian Bock informs you about the Holiday Wishes of the teams in the Atlantic Division. Next team up, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Islanders Fall to Short-Handed Pens

Islanders fall to short-handed Penguins lineup. Travis Hamonic ejected from the game for a mystery elbowing penalty. (Picture courtesy of zimbio.com)

Old rivalry introduced to new faces

For the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans, much of the 2011-12 season will be focused on the New York Rangers. Because of this year’s Winter Classic matchup, players and fans should expect to be inundated with questions, information and banter about the hatred between the Broad Street Bullies and the Broadway Blueshirts.

However, there is still one rivalry that has been overshadowed thus far. That rivalry includes the team on the other side of the Keystone State, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

From Relentless To A Lot Less

 

It is a very frustrating time here in the Steel City.  The Penguins have played the top three teams in the East within the past week and a half, yet have dropped all three.  The Pens are not in a great position right now as they have yet to show they can take down the elite teams in the East.  They fell behind to the Rangers, Bruins, and Flyers by a multi-goal margin and failed in their attempt at a comeback.  Teams in the East are not easy to play against.  Most of the top eight have a great blend of talent and grinders paired up with top ten goaltenders, so to even think a comeback is the answer is just plain stupid.  There are a few glaring ho...

Flyers take over first place with 3-2 win over Penguins

The Philadelphia Flyers gained sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simmonds Thrives in Flyers Win

Wayne Simmonds came to Philadelphia in the offseason with a fresh start and an expanded role. He looked like he could be the answer to the team’s problems in front of the net. His size and speed was raved about by every coach, fan, and pundit.

Litmus Test Time

Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers showed something in their small west coast swing last week. Yes, they came back against the lowly Anaheim Ducks and won. Yes, they started strong and cruised to a win in Phoenix over the Coyotes. Yes, the team took care of business and did what they were supposed to do.

Was it a litmus test? In terms of the ability to win on the road after a long layoff and a plane trip longer than one in-flight movie, it was.