Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, now with the New York Islanders, will miss Saturday's game against his old team because of a lower-body injury.

The Sharks were expected to get their first look at Nabokov in an NHL jersey other than their own. But that isn't in the cards after Nabokov on Friday was declared day-to-day and said he planned to stay off the ice for a day or two.

Sharks center Joe Pavelski said he would have welcomed the chance to try to score on Nabokov.

"It's always fun to line up against old teammates," Pavelski said. "We got to compete in practice a lot, but in games we were always on the same side."

Nabokov played 65 minutes Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. But as the ice was being prepared for the shootout, he told coach Jack Capuano that he was dealing with a lower-body injury and fatigue. At that point Rick DiPietro replaced him, and the Islanders went on to lose 3-2.

Nabokov, who holds virtually every San Jose franchise record at his position, played his last game as a Shark in their playoff loss to the Blackhawks on May 23, 2010.