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 streak on the road. The Predators are at the Coliseum Tuesday.
It also appears the Isles will get one of their injured players back on Tuesday, with Cal Clutterbuck seemingly ready to return after missing three games with an upper-body injury.
Clutterbuck called himself a game-time decision, but Eric Boulton did extra on-ice work Tuesday morning, indicating Clutterbuck could go back in for Boulton. Radek Martinek remains the scratch on defense.
Jack Capuano said Thomas Vanek (upper body) did some off-ice work on Tuesday morning and felt good; he may resume skating on Wednesday and is on target to return by Saturday.
Tavares reaches out
John Tavares said he sent a text to friend Steven Stamkos on Monday, but “I didn’t expect to hear anything back.” Tavares and Stamkos could have been quite a dynamic pairing for Team Canada in February’s Olympics, but Stamkos’ ugly broken leg suffered on Monday seems to have scuttled the Lightning star’s Olympic dreams.