News:Kevin Poulin allowed two goals on 30 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Flyers on Thursday.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin played very well, but received little in the way of offensive support. He has likely played his last game this season, as Evgeni Nabokov is slated to start Friday. The only way Poulin will see action in the playoffs is in mop-up duty or in the event of an injury.
News:Kevin Poulin will get the call in between the pipes for the Islanders on Thursday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: With the Islanders having clinched a playoff berth and playing back to back nights, Evgeni Nabokov gets a well deserved rest. Kevin Poulin may be rusty versus Philadelphia and should be nothing more than a desperation play in fantasy leagues.
News:Kevin Poulin made 23 saves on 25 shots to record his first win of the season Tuesday versus Winnipeg.
Analysis: The Islanders' offense dominated the game pretty much from start to finish, but Kevin Poulin came up big when he had to. He is likely to only get another start or two for the remainder of the season, as the team will ride Evgeni Nabokov as far as he can take them.
News:Kevin Poulin will start in net for the Isles versus the Jets on Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: This Isles have been consistent with how they use Kevin Poulin, always in the second half of back-to-back games. He shouldn't be trusted in fantasy leagues unless you have no other options.
News:Kevin Poulin stopped just 24 of 29 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Habs.
Analysis: This was a missed opportunity for Kevin Poulin, who had a chance to show that he could give the Isles something more than Evgeni Nabokov has been. Instead, he took a bad loss in his first start since Feb. 24.
News:Kevin Poulin will start in goal Thursday against Montreal.
Analysis: The start will be the second of the season for Kevin Poulin, whose last turn came back on Feb. 24. He'll be facing a Montreal squad that had a five-game winning streak snapped by a 3-2 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.
News:Kevin Poulin could get the start in goal against the Canadiens on Thursday, Newsday reports.
Analysis: If so, it would be Kevin Poulin's first start since February 24 and second overall since being recalled by the Isles last month.
News:Kevin Poulin allowed three goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to Carolina on Sunday.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin was solid as only the second goal could be blamed solely on him. Evgeni Nabokov will see the majority of the starts with Poulin backing him up. If Nabokov were to be traded then Poulin would be next in line for the starting job.
News:Kevin Poulin is set to be recalled from the AHL on Friday, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: The Islanders finally seem to be washing their hands of Rick DiPietro as he and Kevin Poulin will switch spots. Poulin is considered to be the goalie of the future. Question becomes is that future now, or will he just be the backup to Evegeni Nabokov?
News:Kevin Poulin was returned on loan to AHL Bridgeport on Friday, the Islanders' official Twitter page reports.
Analysis: With Evgeni Nabokov seemingly done for the season, and John Grahame coming aboard to replace him, the team clearly determined Kevin Poulin was not needed on the roster.
News:Kevin Poulin has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin will give the Isles some goaltending depth, with Evgeni Nabokov day-to-day with a lower body injury.
News:Kevin Poulin allowed two goals on 37 shots in Tuesday's loss to Buffalo, also adding an assist on the Islanders' only goal.
Analysis: The effort was slightly better than the two goals he allowed in two minutes during Monday's loss to Ottawa, but Kevin Poulin got little help from his teammates, as the Islanders were almost shut out for the second straight game. Odds are Poulin will take a back seat to Evgeni Nabokov once the ageless Kazakh returns from battling the flu.
News: Assistant coach Doug Weight said Tuesday morning that Kevin Poulin will start in goal against the Sabres on Tuesday night, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Evngeni Nabokov remains out with the flu and didn't even make the trip to Buffalo. Kevin Poulin has made two starts in his recent call-up; in the first, he played a strong game to beat the Hurricanes, then was given a quick hook in Monday's loss to Ottawa. Replacement Al Montoya may have been even worse in the 6-0 thumping, so Poulin gets another chance to perhaps see where he slots in when/if the trade deadline potentially shakes up the Islanders' goaltending ranks.
News:Kevin Poulin started for the Islanders on Monday against Ottawa, but he only lasted 1:35 before getting pulled. He let in two goals on five shots and took the loss.
Analysis: Barring injury, we probably won't be seeing Kevin Poulin back in net for a while, perhaps the rest of the season.
News:Kevin Poulin will start Monday's game against the Senators, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin will get the nod against Ottawa on Monday, with Evgeni Nabokov still battling the flu.
News:Kevin Poulin is the likely starter for the Isles on Monday versus Ottawa, according to Newsday.
Analysis: With Evgeni Nabokov still out with the flu and Al Montoya struggling between the pipes of late, Kevin Poulin will once again get a chance to show the organization that he is ready to be the full-time netminder next season.
News:Kevin Poulin made 33 saves in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: The guy is talented and is very obviously the goalie of the future on the Island of Misfit Toys. He's only up on an emergency basis because of a flu-addled Evgeni Nabokov but he's definitely a name you should know for the future.
News:Kevin Poulin will start against Carolina on Saturday, NewYorkIslanders.com reports.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin heads into this start with a 1-2 record and 2.73 GAA on the year, but at least Carolina is 7-13-8 on the road. Still, you'd ideally have a better option Saturday.
News: The Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin on an emergency basis from AHL Bridgeport, ESPN New York reports.
Analysis: This move indicates Nabokov (flu) will continue to sit. Kevin Poulin could see a temporary role with the team until Nabokov returns, but it would take a trade of Nabokov or overwhelming performances from Poulin for him to become a long-term mainstay in the lineup.
News: Following his victory Tuesday over the Hurricanes, Kevin Poulin has been sent back to Bridgeport of the AHL.
Analysis: Should the Isles fall farther out of a playoff seed, it would increase the likelihood Al Montoya or Evgeni Nabokov gets dealt, which would create room for Kevin Poulin to see a more regular role on The Island.
News:Kevin Poulin, who was called up Monday, started Tuesday against the Hurricanes and stopped 21 of 23 shots to secure the victory.
Analysis: He took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission, but let Carolina tie the game in the third period before the Isles were able to pull away. Still, it was a solid game for the 21-year-old goalie. At some point, you have to think the Isles will deal Evgeni Nabokov and give Kevin Poulin a chance to claim the starting job again. He was doing just that before suffering a freak knee injury last season.
News:Kevin Poulin will start in goal Tuesday against Carolina, the team's official Twitter page reports.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin was just recalled Monday, and will play just his 13th NHL game on Tuesday. He recorded a 2.44 GAA in 2010-11 (ten games) and a 3.10 GAA in the two games he has started for the Islanders this season. He isn't much of a fantasy option, but if you're desperate, he'll be in the net.
News:Kevin Poulin was recalled from the AHL on Monday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Kind of strange timing for a recall as neither Evgeni Nabokov nor Al Montoya has suffered an injury. Is there a trade on the horizon? It seems unlikely, but this is all more strange brewing by the Isles. It looks like they may start Kevin Poulin on Tuesday because they believe he is more in game shape having played in the minors while Montoya and Nabokov may be a bit rusty from having a week off.
Islanders' Poulin Assigned To AHL After Starting Monday
News: The Islanders assigned Kevin Poulin to AHL Bridgeport following Monday's game, according to the team's official Twitter page.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin started Monday afternoon and played reasonably well, giving up three goals on 32 shots. However, with five more games in the next eight days, the Islanders opted to send him back to Bridgeport and open up a roster spot for another skater. Don't be surprised to see Poulin back in New York in the near future.
News:Kevin Poulin stopped 29 shots in Monday's 3-1 loss to Nashville in his second start of the season.
Analysis: Given the steady play of Evegeni Nabokov lately, Kevin Poulin won't see too much ice time. Poulin was blitzed in the first period by the Predators and likely will only see action in the even of back-to-back contests.
News:Kevin Poulin will start Monday afternoon against the Predators, according to the Isles' official Twitter feed.
Analysis: With four games in six nights, the Isles have a busy schedule ahead so Kevin Poulin figured to get at least one start this week. The Isles' next game is Tuesday against Washington, and we suspect you'll see Poulin back on the bench for that game in favor of regular starter Evgeni Nabokov.
News:Kevin Poulin will be the backup once again Thursday, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin was red hot for Bridgeport, recording three straight shutouts. Then the Islanders call him up only to have him sit on the bench for two straight games. Once again, curious decisions by the Islanders. If you weren't going to play him, then why not let him continue to ride his hot streak and gain more confidence in the AHL?
News:Kevin Poulin was called up from the AHL on Monday, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin has been red hot for Bridgeport and there would seem to be only one reason to call him up at this point, to start him Tuesday versus Detroit.
News:Kevin Poulin could get a spot start for the Isles on Tuesday versus Detroit, according to Newsday.
Analysis: With Al Montoya still out with a concussion and Evgeni Nabokov in a slump, Kevin Poulin could get the call against the Wings. Anders Nilsson is currently with the Islanders but Poulin has been hot for Bridgeport and could be called up.
News: The Islanders have returned Kevin Poulin to AHL Bridgeport, the team's official Twitter page reports.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin was an emergency recall earlier this week so his return isn't much of a surprise. He was decent in his game with the Isles, stopping 26 of 29 shots in a loss to Dallas. He could return to the majors later in the season.
News:Kevin Poulin made his season debut and stopped 26 of 29 in Thursday's loss to the Stars.
Analysis: With Evgeni Nabokov (groin) still unable to go, Kevin Poulin got an opportunity, but wasn't able to repeat last year's immediate success. Poulin did make some tough stops and played well overall, but as is the norm for Islanders goalies, he didn't get a whole lot of help defensively,
News: The Isles will turn to AHL import Kevin Poulin on Thursday, according to the Islanders' Official Twitter Page.
Analysis: And the merry-go-round continues to spin. What, Billy Smith wasn't available? The Isles continue to search in net as injuries have handicapped their efforts to truly settle on one man as the leader of the pack this season.
News: The Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis, according to the team's official website.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin held his own in 10 games, including seven starts, with the Islanders last season, but he has struggled with Bridgeport this season, posting a 3.37 GAA and .892 save percentage in 13 games. With Rick DiPietro (groin), Poulin will back up Al Montoya until Evgeni Nabokov (groin) is cleared to resume playing.
News:Kevin Poulin was returned to the AHL on Sunday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: His ticket back to Bridgeport most likely signifies that Evgeni Nabokov will be healthy enough to play Tuesday. Kevin Poulin is the Isles' goaltender of the future, but that future is not now.
News:Kevin Poulin is expected to be called up by the Islanders, according to Newsday.
Analysis:Kevin Poulin is considered to be the Islanders' goalie of the future, so it's a little surprising they would call him up for a week or two when he might see little to no action. But then again, this is the Isles, where no one seems to know what they are thinking.
News: Poulin has completely recovered from knee surgery, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Poulin will be 100% before training camp starts and will battle along with Al Montoya, Anders Nilsson, and a few others for a spot on the Islanders along with Rick DiPietro. Poulin does figure to be a number one goaltender sooner rather than later.
News: Poulin (knee) no longer needs crutches, according to Newsday's Katie Strang.
Analysis: Poulin will walk around with a knee brace for the next month and then will begin rehab. He is expected to be fully healthy before training camp where he could compete for the starting job on Long Island.
News: Everything went according to plan with Poulin's knee surgery, according to Newdays's Katie Strang.
Analysis: Poulin is still out for the remainder of the season but could fight for the starting job next September.
News: Tuesday was not the first time that Poulin has dislocated his knee cap, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Poulin also suffered the same injury while playing in the QMJHL during pre-game warmups. It is fair to wonder if this could be a habitual problem for Poulin.
News: Poulin dislocated his kneecap in Tuesday's pregame warmups and will miss the rest of the season, according to Rob Carlin of MSG Network.
Analysis: The Isles are going through goalies this season like people in Alaska go through Kleenex in the winter. We're now down to Mikko Koskinen and Joel Martin as the two healthy goalies, with the hope that Nathan Lawson can get back to health soon. Is Garth Snow next in line?
News: Poulin suffered an injury to his left knee before Tuesday's game against Toronto, the Newsday's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: Poulin will have an MRI Wednesday, after which more will be known regarding the severity of his injury.
News: Poulin was helped off the ice by two Islanders trainers after collapsing with an apparent leg injury in pregame warmups Tuesday, Newsday's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: The last thing the Isles need right now is another injury in goal. Poulin's availability for Tuesday is very much in doubt while Mikko Koskinen is likely to start and make his NHL debut against the Leafs.
Poulin Expected To Start For The Islanders On Tuesday
News: Poulin is expected to start versus Toronto on Tuesday, according to the Islanders web site.
Analysis: Isles head coach Jack Capuano has stated that Poulin will get the bulk of the starts in the absence of Rick DiPietro. The Islanders wanted to send him down to the AHL so that he could play every day; however, now he will get that same opportunity at the NHL level.
News: Poulin will man the twine tent Saturday against the Senators, according to Isles' reporter Chris Botta.
Analysis: As previously reported, with yet another injury to Rick DiPietro, Poulin has been named the Isles' starting goalie going forward. In the meantime, Mikko Koskinen has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport and will act as Poulin's backup until Nathan Lawson returns from a knee injury.
News: Poulin will now be the starting goalie for the Islanders, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The Islanders sort of get their wish as they wanted Poulin to get more playing time, of course they didn't want it come thanks to yet another injury to Rick DiPietro. Poulin has played well this season and may be the Islanders future in net, unfortunately for the Isles, that future seems to be now.
News: Poulin stopped 25 of 26 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Atlanta.
Analysis: The Isles are eventually hoping to send Poulin back to the AHL, but if he keeps playing like this, they won't have any choice but to keep him around. Despite the strong effort, Rick DiPietro is scheduled to get the start against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
News: The Isles would still like to see Poulin finish the season in the AHL, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The Isles still believe that Poulin is best served playing every day in the AHL, but with Evgeni Nabokov refusing to report to the team, and Nathan Lawson out with injury, they have no choice but to play the top prospect at the NHL level at this point in time.
News: Poulin will start against Atlanta on Tuesday, NewYorkIslanders.com reports.
Analysis: As his 92.5 save percentage indicates, Poulin has done a nice job in the NHL this year. The problem is that the Islanders' offense is one of the worst in the league, so the odds are stacked against him. He has a 2-2-1 record so far this year.
News: Poulin was recalled from Springfield of the AHL on Monday, according to Newsday's Katie Strang.
Analysis: Poulin was only sent down to get some work in during the All-Star break. He will likely start Tuesday or Wednesday, with Rick DiPietro getting the other start.
News: Poulin was loaned to the AHL after the game Wednesday, according to Newsday'
s Katie Strang.
Analysis: Poulin will be back with the Islanders when the NHL schedule resumes after the All-Star break. This is just a way for Poulin to get in some game action.
News: Poulin stopped 30 of 31 shots in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: Poulin was fantastic, but the Isles couldn't get anything past Marc-Andre Fleury. The Islanders play Wednesday against Carolina and perhaps after his solid outing Tuesday, Poulin will get the call once again instead of Rick DiPietro.
News: Poulin will start for the Isles on Tuesday versus Pittsburgh, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The Islanders play back-to-back nights Tuesday and Wednesday, which should lead one to believe that Rick DiPietro would start Wednesday versus Carolina, though nothing has been written in stone.
News: Poulin is expected to get the start Friday versus the Sabres, according to Newsday.
Analysis: With Rick DiPietro not making the trip to Buffalo, Poulin will once again get to show his talents for the Islanders.
News: Poulin will continue to be Rick DiPietro's backup, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Orginally the Islanders had planned on sending Poulin back down to the AHL once DiPietro returned from injury -- this way he could play every night -- but the organization changed its mind and will have Poulin start one of every three games with the big club unless/until RDP gets hurt again.
News: Poulin allowed five goals on 22 shots Monday against the Devils.
Analysis: Poulin has much upside for the Islanders and has been strong in several career starts. The Devils' play this season has been on a par with the Isles' but Poulin remains a sketchy start considering the team on which he plays.
News: Poulin will start Monday against the Devils, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie has been excellent to this point, picking up a win and an overtime loss along with a 2.26 GAA and .937 save percentage through four appearances. As the youngest of the Isles' netminders, Poulin also has the most upside.
News: Poulin allowed two early goals in his start Thursday against Ottawa before being pulled for Nathan Lawson, then put back in for the third period. He stopped 17 of 19 shots overall.
Analysis: After Lawson allowed four goals in the second period to put the Isles way back, Poulin was reinserted for the third and was perfect the rest of the way. He's just 20 and certainly has some developing to do, but he also may be the best goalie the Isles have got.
News: Poulin will start Thursday's game against the Senators, the Islanders' official site reports.
Analysis: Poulin, who has stopped 101-of-107 shots (.944 save percentage) in three games thus far, gets a crack Thursday at an Ottawa squad that was shut out by Boston on Tuesday. Moreover, the Sens have scored just four goals in their last four games overall.
Isles' Poulin Will Head Back To The AHL When DiPietro Returns
News: Poulin will head back to the AHL once Rick DiPietro is able to play, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: Poulin has played very well for the Islanders and may actually be the best goalie in their organization right now, but DiPietro will remain the starter and rather than have Poulin stick with the big club and play one of every three games, he will return to Bridgeport where he can play every night.
News: Poulin stopped 48 of 51 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: Poulin played fantastic despite the loss. If Rick DiPietro remains out, it's obvious that Poulin give the Islanders a better chance to win than Nathan Lawson. That being said, no matter who starts in goal for New York, it's not a team you can count on for much in the way of wins.
News: Poulin is expected to start against Vancouver on Tuesday, NewYorkIslanders.com reports.
Analysis: Poulin only started once this year -- a 4-3 victory over Colorado on Saturday. He saved 34 out of 37 shots in that game, and that was coming off a 54-minute stint two days earlier where he stopped all of 19 shots he came across against Edmonton. Facing off against the league's most productive offense doesn't make Poulin particularly appealing Tuesday, but he did a decent job against a similarly strong offense in Colorado.
News: Poulin delivered a strong, 34-save performance in a 4-3 OT win over the Avalanche on Saturday afternoon.
Analysis: It was a memorable first start against a team that knows how to put pucks in the net. He almost had the win in regulation but the Avs put the pedal to the metal and tied it with four seconds remaining. Poulin is an intriguing fantasy option -- Rick DiPietro is always hurt and the Isles have been playing better hockey lately. You may squeeze a few wins out of him; what do you have to lose?
Islanders' Poulin To Make First Career Start Saturday
News: Poulin will be in net for Saturday's game against the Avalanche, according to the Islanders' official Twitter page.
Analysis: Saturday's start will be the first of Poulin's career. Poulin did not allow a goal in 53 minutes off the bench Thursday, but he will be tested Saturday by a Colorado team that is fourth in the league with 3.24 goals per game.
News: Poulin showed why he's quickly becoming seen as the Islanders' goalie of the future Thursday, stepping in after Nathan Lawson was pulled early and stopping all 19 shots he faced in a loss to Edmonton.
Analysis: Poulin has crushed the AHL this year, going 10-4 with a 2.13 GAA and .931 save percentage. At 20 years old, he's going to be given time to develop, so regardless of this performance, his stay in the NHL may be short -- although he's clearly already better than Lawson.
News: Poulin has been called up from Bridgeport (AHL), Katie Strang of Newsday reports.
Analysis: With Rick DiPietro banged up and Dwayne Roloson recently traded to Tampa Bay, the Isles needed to add temporary depth in goal. Don't be surprised if Poulin's stay on Long Island is a short one.
News: Poulin may be recalled from the AHL, according to the Islanders Point Blank.
Analysis: With the injury to Rick DiPietro the Isles may need a backup goaltender. Poulin isn't really ready for prime time, but the Isles don't have a veteran anywhere in their system.