Isles have fared well with the other 5, going 3-1-1 with Mikko Koskinen (who was pressed into emergency duty after Kevin Poulin was injured in warmups) suffering the only regulation defeat.
Nathan Lawson 12/18/10 - OT Loss at Phoenix
Kevin Poulin 1/8/11 - OT win at Colorado
Mikko Koskinen 2/8/11 - Loss vs Toronto
Al Montoya 2/19/11 - Shutout win over Los Angeles
Evgeni Nabokov 10/15/11 - Win vs Rangers
Nilsson is the third of the six to make a relief appearance (or in Montoya's case, two) before starting a game for the Isles. Kevin Poulin replaced Lawson on January 3rd and Montoya replaced Koskinen on 2/13 and Lawson on 2/17.
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