Al Montoya is starting his third straight game for the Islanders, but there will be a different goaltender backing him up Thursday against the Lightning.
36-year-old Evgeni Nabokov will make his first regular-season appearance for the Islanders this season in wake of an injury to Rick DiPietro.
Nabokov famously spurned the Islanders last January, refusing to report after the team claimed him off waivers from Detroit. After the Islanders tolled his contract to retain his rights for 2011-12 Nabokov changed his tune and decided to attend training camp.
He started the season third on the team's goaltending depth chart behind Montoya and DiPietro.
"He's an experienced guy," coach Jack Capuano said. "He's gonna get his chance real soon and I'm sure he'll make the most of it."
DiPietro will undergo a re-evaluation Thursday afternoon after taking a puck to the facemask in practice Wednesday.
Coach Jack Capuano said doctors have not ruled out a concussion.