Sound Tigers Preview — What’s Up With Anders Nilsson?

Kevin Schultz

We’re going to take a break from Brooklyn Mania to talk about Connecticut hockey, as the Sound Tigers have three games in three days this weekend. Don’t worry, there’s a lot more Brooklyn discussion still to come.

Two Saturdays ago, Anders Nilsson was scheduled to start the Sound Tigers’ second game of the year; their home opener against Providence. Nilsson was scratched from starting shortly before game time leading to Kevin Poulin getting his second start in as many nights, having also started the night before against the CT Whale.

This week at practice, Nilsson was still missing and CT Post beat writer Mike Fornabaio didn’t have any light to shed on the situation. When Fornabaio doesn’t know exactly what’s going on — he’s always on point with these things — it sets off a couple alarms in my head.

If you’re puzzled by Anders Nilsson’s absence, sounds like you’re not the only one. “He’s not feeling 100 percent well when he’s on the ice,” Scott Pellerin said. “He’s not 100 percent.”

That’s as much light as the team has shed on the situation. Nilsson hasn’t suffered any in-game injuries so far (he hasn’t even played in a regular season game) and as far as I can find, didn’t seem to have any other issues.

Kenny Reiter, who was the team’s third goalie in training camp, has been recalled from the ECHL. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether he gets a start this weekend with three games in three nights. Poulin has played weekend marathons before and should be fresh coming off only one game in nearly two weeks but it may be wise to give him a game off one of these nights.

FILLING IN FOR DE HAAN

Another storyline to watch will be how the Sound Tigers fill in for the injured Calvin de Haan, who had season-ending surgery yesterday to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

THE OPPONENTS

This weekend, the Sound Tigers have two away games against the Worcester Sharks (SJ affiliate), Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The Sharks are 0-3-1 in their first four games and have been outscored 19-9 in those games.

On Saturday night the Sound Tigers are in Springfield to play the 3-1 Falcons (CBJ affiliate). The Falcons have Ryan Johansen (4th overall in 2010), and former Ranger Tim Erixon on their roster.