Kevin SchultzThe Islanders take on the Kings tonight at the Coliseum, and for the third straight game Kevin Poulin will get the nod over Evgeni Nabokov between the pipes. Poulin has played well in limited action while Nabokov has faltered lately.
“Nabby’s played well,” Coach Jack Capuano said at practice today. “Kevin’s just in a position now where the last few starts he’s looked pretty good. We’re gonna ride him.”
Poulin has .920 save percentage and 2.35 GAA in six starts so far this year. He has started three straight games for the Islanders before, once during the 2010-11 season and once during the 2011-12 season. However, this is the first time where Poulin has had an excellent chance to earn the starting role for the Islanders. In each of those previous stints, he was playing in situations where the Islanders had depth issues due to goaltender injuries.
So far this season, Nabokov has an .894 SVP and 3.24 GAA in 13 games. He’s struggled lately allowing 14 goals in the last three games, which has led to Poulin’s string of starts.