UNIONDALE, N.Y. --
Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin
will get his second start of the season Monday afternoon against the Nashville Predators
Poulin, who was recently named the Player of the Week in the American Hockey League, made 26 saves in a 3-2 loss against Dallas on Dec. 15 after being recalled on an emergency basis that same day. He was sent back to Bridgeport the following day, but was again recalled last Monday on an emergency basis and has been practicing with the club.
"Sitting with our coaches and goalie coach we thought this would be the right time to give him a start," Islanders coach Jack Capuano
said. "I think he's a little bit more confident. Kevin has always been one of those guys that has a swagger to him, he has the right attitude and he wants to be the guy. His play after training camp, going to Bridgeport, getting the time, he's got a little bit more confidence. Hopefully he goes out there and gives us a chance."
Poulin will likely remain the backup to Evgeni Nabokov
for the foreseeable future. Al Montoya
remains out with a concussion and Rick DiPietro
might be sidelined for the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
Poulin went 4-2-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.44 goals-against average in 10 appearances last season.
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