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Kevin Poulin to start again for Islanders

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin stops a shot against

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Kevin Poulin will make his second consecutive start in goal on Tuesday for the Islanders, his first set of back-to-back starts since Feb. 20-21, 2012 -- of course, Poulin only played 95 seconds of the Feb. 20 game, pulled after allowing two goals.

But it’s still a bit of a change for the Isles, going with the 25-year-old goaltender to see if he can help right the team after a four-game losing...

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Islanders injury updates

Lubomir Visnovsky skates during a game against the

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A few health updates from the Isles’ day off on Monday, with the Predators coming to the Coliseum on Tuesday:

-- It does not appear Thomas Vanek (upper body) will need to go on injured reserve. Vanek, who was hurt in the first minute of Saturday’s loss in Columbus and missed Sunday’s game in Montreal, is still likely out of Tuesday’s game. But if he comes through a Tuesday morning workout...

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Islanders having another November swoon

John Tavares of the Islanders waits to take

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MONTREAL-- Is this becoming yet another long Islanders November?

With Sunday night's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens, the Isles are 2-4-0 in November, emphasis on that middle number, since they¹ve lost four straight.

November has been the worst Isles month over the past three seasons -- with February of last season standing in for a usual November, since the season started in January. But...

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No talks with Andrew MacDonald just yet

Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders skates against the

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Aside from Thomas Vanek, the Isles have a pending UFA in defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who is coming off perhaps the most below-market deal anywhere in the NHL (he’s making $550,000 this season).

MacDonald is in line for a huge raise. Given the Isles’ depth woes on defense, one would think talks would have begun to keep him from the open market in July, but nothing has been initiated yet....

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It's about the Ws for Evgeni Nabokov

Evgeni Nabokov defends the net during a game

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Evgeni Nabokov is old enough to remember a time when there were only two numbers that mattered to goaltenders: Wins and goals-against average.

He piled up loads of the first and always was among the NHL leaders in the second category during his decade with the Sharks.

Now there’s not only save percentage that stands as the big statistic for a goaltender but even-strength save percentage...

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Thomas Vanek is Garth Snow's gamble

Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek skates during the

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COLUMBUS -- The Thomas Vanek Watch is on. But don’t expect any sort of resolution until this season is much closer to its conclusion.

Vanek has been an Islander for two weeks now and played his sixth game on Saturday night here. He has no contract beyond this season, which has confounded some observers and fans. How could Garth Snow have dealt popular top-line wing Matt Moulson plus a first-round...

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Nabokov gets start over Poulin on Saturday

Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders makes a save

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COLUMBUS --  Evgeni Nabokov gets the call on Saturday night here against the Blue Jackets, who have lost five straight.

Cue the internet outrage!

But here's the case for Nabokov on Saturday and Kevin Poulin on Sunday, in his hometown of Montreal:

-- Poulin has started on consecutive nights in the NHL just once, on Feb. 20-21, 2012. He was pulled after allowing two goals in...

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Fixing the Isles' power play problems

Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek skates during the

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COLUMBUS -- We don’t need another 1200-word breakdown of what’s doing with your Islanders today. But we can dive into some of the bad and some of the good coming out of Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes:

-- Atop the list of bad things is the power play, now at 0-for-21 and sliding. It is also 0-for-18 since Thomas Vanek arrived, though John Tavares’ goal in DC was essentially a PPG, since...

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Colin McDonald returns for Islanders

Islanders right wing Colin McDonald follows through on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Poulin goes into the Isles' net on Thursday against the Hurricanes, Colin McDonald goes back in the lineup after missing five games and Aaron Ness makes his season debut on defense.

A few changes for Jack Capuano and the Isles for their game here.

Poulin, who stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday, was an assumed change. So was the return of...

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Isles' Frans Nielsen says team should be angry after 6-2 loss

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) tries

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got back to work on Wednesday, trying to erase the bad memories of the second period in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Caps in Washington.

“For me, it was the first time all year I didn’t think we channeled our energy the right way,” Jack Capuano said. “There was a lot of frustration on the bench and I thought it carried over in that period.”

The Isles gave up five...

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