Losing has not been a big part of Evgeni Nabokov's NHL career. Even though the 36-year-old goaltender has had a season that certainly has been a revival, it seems all but certain that he won't get to add to his career total of 80 playoff games, which ranks 21st all-time and second among active goalies, behind only Martin Brodeur.

He said the possibility of missing the postseason for only the second time in 11 NHL seasons, and first since the Sharks missed out in 2002-03, has not altered his thinking about signing with the Islanders for next season and possibly one more season beyond that.

"It's not really changed anything, business as usual," Nabokov said after the Islanders practiced at the Air Canada Centre Monday before facing the Maple Leafs Tuesday night. "It's really between [Don Meehan, Nabokov's agent, and Islanders GM Garth Snow] right now."