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Poulin in goal vs. Canes; Rakhshani, Staios in, Rolston, Reese out
Jack Capuano has decided to go with Kevin Poulin, who played Friday and Saturday for Bridgeport. Evgeni Nabokov will likely play Friday in Ottawa, so this appears to be a one-time appearance for Poulin, who is 0-2 for the Isles so far this season.
"It's fun when you get a chance to play, and you want to win. Last game here for me was rough," said Poulin, who allowed goals on the first two shots he faced in a 3-1 loss to the Predators on Jan. 16. "I just need to keep it simple tonight, just go do what I do."
The same is true for Rhett Rakhshani, who will make his season debut tonight in Brian Rolston's spot alongside Matt Martin and Josh Bailey. Rakhshani, who suffered a concussion during the rookie minicamp in July, then a knee injury in the September camp, is 9-16-25 in 27 games with the Sound Tigers.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs, some for me personally, some for our team in Bridgeport, but it's been mostly ups lately," said Rakhshani, the Isles' fourth-round pick in 2006 who played two games with the Isles last season. "I know there'll be some nerves tonight, but the goal is to play without holding yourself back."
Rolston hasn't scored on an occupied goal since Nov. 29, so this healthy scratch isn't a big surprise. Dylan Reese also takes a seat and Steve Staios, who was a healthy scratch for the five games before the All-Star break, returns to the lineup.
Cam Ward will be in goal for the Hurricanes, who have the same 45 points as the Isles but have played three more games.