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Poulin starts tonight vs. Atlanta

 Kevin Poulin will start in goal tonight against Atlanta. Presumably, Rick DiPietro will get the nod tomorrow in Pittsburgh, although Capuano did not seem to rule out going back to Poulin.

Neither Milan Jurcina and Ty Wishart will play tonight; the Islanders will roll six defensemen and decide which forward (between Rob Schremp and Trevor Gillies) to scratch after warmups.

Capuano did not commit to any lineup changes, but said "we need to find a way to trigger each line to get some secondary scoring."

Translation: expect some changes if lines fail to produce.


Good week for Michael Grabner. After earning NHL's fastest skater honor at this weekend's All Star Game's Superskills competition, Grabner was also named the NHL's third star of the week.

Grabner said he had a great time this weekend, representing the Islanders and meeting some of the stars around the league.

When asked if he felt bad that Phil Kessel was chosen last during the draft, Grabner said:

"Not really. He won a car. If you're going to feel bad for anyone, it should be the guy chosen second to last."


A couple of interesting notes--one good, one bad-- to take away from a recent survey poll of NHL players conducted by the CBC/NHLPA:

In response to the question, "Which team would you least like to play on?" the Islanders ranked 1st with 27% of votes (Edmonton was second with 20%).

Frans Nielsen, however, was named the second most underrated player in the league, just behind Loui Erikkson of the Dallas Stars

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