Based on recent call-up history under Jack Capuano, don't be surprised to see Kevin Poulin in the net tomorrow night in Raleigh to face the Hurricanes.
Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya were both off for nearly a week, and with Nabokov having needed some time earlier this season to shake off the rust following a groin injury and Montoya having played one game in the past five weeks, Poulin -- who played and won two games this past weekend for the Sound Tigers, raising his AHL record to 13-12-1 with a 2.78 GAA -- is the freshest of the bunch.
He also was hurt by being called up and not playing for a week earlier this month, sitting behind Nabokov until the Monday afternoon visit from the Predators, when Poulin gave up three goals in the first 11:37. His teammates weren't sharp, but neither was Poulin, who was too deep in his net on Nashville's first two goals.
So the betting here, based on the recent past, is that Poulin plays tomorrow against Carolina.
As for Rakhshani, who is already Bridgeport's second leading scorer at 9-16-25 in just 27 games, Capuano wouldn't sit a young skater who comes up for a one-off game. Rakhshani skated in practice today with Matt Martin and Josh Bailey -- Rakhshani and Bailey did play together last season, during Bailey's brief demotion -- but that was with John Tavares still traveling back from the All-Star game. Brian Rolston skated in Tavares' spot.
Rolston and Tim Wallace would seem to be the prime candidates for the healthy scratch tomorrow if Rakhshani plays.
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