New York Islanders' Evgeni Nabokov Approaches 350 Career NHL Wins

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 27, 2014

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 06:  Goalie Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders watches the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/NHLI via Getty Images)
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As the New York Islanders prepare to resume action against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is five wins shy of his 350th career NHL victory.

Only 17 goalies have amassed more career wins than Nabokov, who made his NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks during the 1999-2000 season.

Nabokov, who last suited up for the Sharks in the 2009-10 campaign, continues to hold San Jose franchise marks with 293 wins and 50 shutouts over the 563 games he played in for the team that selected him 219th overall in the 1994 NHL entry draft.

Now in his third season with the Islanders, Nabokov has won 345 of the 676 career games that he has played in overall. Over that span, Nabokov has recorded 57 career shutouts, which places him 19th all time in that category.

With 22 contests left on the Islanders' regular-season slate, the 38-year-old native of Kazakhstan would appear to have a solid shot at hitting the 350-win mark before the close of the current campaign, assuming he stays healthy and continues to see the bulk of his team's starts in goal.

Though Nabokov went over three weeks without a start last month due to a lower-body injury, he still leads the Islanders with 30 appearances in net this season, notching 10 wins in the process to go along with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

Among active NHL goalies, only Martin Brodeur (682) and Roberto Luongo (367) have recorded more career wins than Nabokov, who is currently 10 wins behind Rogatien Vachon on the league's all-time goalie wins leaderboard.