Hard to imagine that the Islanders may be facing yet another goaltender injury, but that is indeed the case.
Tonight's starter Kevin Poulin went down early in warmups with a left knee injury and had to be helped off by the ice by assistant athletic trainer Nates Goto and a teammate. He will undergo an MRI Wednesday.
Poulin, who did not put weight on his left leg as he left the ice, appeared to get his skate caught in the ice before flipping over and falling down.. Several players quickly flocked to the crease to see if he was okay.
With Poulin out, Mikko Koskinen made his NHL debut, becoming the fifth goaltender to appear for the Islanders in a game this season* The 6-foot-6 22-year-old has given up two goals on the first two shots he's faced throughout the first 6:31 of play.
Bridgeport goaltender Joel Martin is apparently en route. The Islanders have received league approval for Martin to dress as an official backup.
* According to team statistician Eric Hornick, that ties the franchise record for most goaltenders to appear for the team in one season.