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New Islanders backup Poulin gets call to start tonight

Feb 24, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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The (temporary?) post-Rick DiPietro era on Long Island is underway and the new Islanders backup, Kevin Poulin, gets right to action tonight as he’ll be in goal to face Carolina.

For Poulin, it’s not his first time with the big club, but the new set of circumstances has him feeling a bit conflicted as Arthur Staple of Newsday reported. Going from being a starter in the AHL to taking over for DiPietro as Evgeni Nabokov‘s backup makes for a dramatic change.

“At one point, every goaltender has to do that,” Poulin said Saturday. “I’m just going to embrace every chance I get to play.”

He gets the chance to do that tonight against the Hurricanes but he’ll have to improve upon his AHL numbers in a big way to give Nabokov the backup support he needs. A 3.22 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage won’t exactly cut it in the NHL.

 

  1. islandersfan - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Good luck to Poulin, I’ve been hoping he could get his chance to shine!

  2. bcisleman - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Why in the world should he be conflicted? This is his shot. He and Nilsson are the future. RDP is the past no matter how the organization tries to spin it. And, no, his AHL numbers haven’t been great but they have still been much better than RDP’s.

  3. tuberippin - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    His numbers were pretty solid when he was called up briefly in his Age-20 season of 2010-2011: 10 games, 7 starts, 4-2-0, 2.44 GAA, .924 SV%. Hopefully he can get back on that level of play, as he clearly has the ability.

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