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Kevin Poulin

Bolts scoop up Poulin, who was waived by Isles


The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed (now-former) New York Islanders goalie prospect Kevin Poulin off of waivers on Sunday, according to New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

Injuries opened up an obvious need at the backup position for the Lightning, at least in the short-to-medium term. Andrei Vasilevskiy is out after vascular surgery, while Kristers Gudlevskis was dealing with some bumps and bruises himself.

The biggest loser of this move might just be Ray Emery; the veteran goalie is battling for a gig in Lightning training camp.

Poulin, 25, found himself in limbo with the Islanders, as Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss seemed firmly in place for the near future.

He still needs to make an impression sooner rather than later, but this move makes plenty of sense for just about everyone involved.

One other thing to possibly note, by the way:

Update: Yes, indeed this was bad news for Emery.

Report: Anders Nilsson could return to the NHL

Anders Nilsson

Goaltender Anders Nilsson, who left the New York Islanders as a restricted free agent to sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, could be headed back to North America.

According to Igor Eronko, Nilsson refused to sign an extension with the KHL club.

The Chicago Blackhawks own Nilsson’s rights after the Islanders dealt him as part of the Nick Leddy trade in October.

In 38 regular season KHL games, Nilsson posted a 20-9-8 record to go along with a 1.71 G.A.A. and a .936 save percentage.

The 25-year-old left the Islanders following the 2013-14 season after New York refused to meet his demands of a one-year contract.

Nilsson was not interested in spending another year in the American Hockey League.

“I have done for three years in the AHL and I do not think it would be good for my development to play a fourth year in the AHL,” Nilsson in April 2014. “That’s what I’ve said to them, since we have not started to go into contract negotiations.”

Nilsson appeared in 23 games for the Islanders over two seasons posting a 9-9-2 record to go along with a 3.05 G.A.A. and a .898 percentage.

Islanders activate Halak from IR

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have activated goaltender Jaroslav Halak from injured reserve the club announced Sunday.

Halak has been out of the Islanders lineup since Dec. 20 with a lower body injury.

Kevin Poulin, who was recalled on an emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, has been reassigned to the American Hockey League club. Poulin made one start in Halak’s absence making 26 saves in Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Halak is 18-6-0 this season to go along with a 2.24 G.A.A. and a .919 save percentage.

Here are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in even-strength save percentage

Tuukka Rask

Bit of a slow morning in terms of NHL news, so thought I’d throw out some numbers for discussion. Following are the top 10 and bottom 10 goalies in terms of even-strength save percentages this season, with a minimum of 20 starts.

Top 10

1. Tuukka Rask .940 (49 starts)
2. Josh Harding .940 (26)
3. Darcy Kuemper .937 (20)
4. Ben Bishop .936 (51)
5. Anton Khudobin .936 (24)
6. Jonathan Bernier .935 (44)
7. Carey Price .933 (48)
8. Ben Scrivens .933 (26)
9. Semyon Varlamov .932 (49)
10. Jonathan Quick .930 (38)


—Kuemper had a solid bounce-back performance last night versus the Rangers. At this point, he’s the man for Minnesota. Lots of pressure for a 23-year-old rookie who spent time in the ECHL last season.

— Three of the top 10 (Rask, Bernier, and Scrivens) have spent time in the Leafs’ organization, with Bernier of course still being in it. James Reimer (.926 EV SV%, 24 starts) barely missed cracking the top 10.

— Three of the top 10 (Bernier, Scrivens, Quick) have spent time in the King’ organization, with Quick of course still being in it.

— Of all the goalies in the top 10, Varlamov has made the most even-strength saves, with 1,262. (We talked about his importance to the Avs in yesterday’s PHT Extra.)

— Khudobin and Scrivens are the only goalies in the top 10 who play for teams not currently in a playoff position. And most of Scrivens’ numbers were compiled with the Kings.

Bottom 10

1. Devan Dubnyk .898 (31)
2. Kevin Poulin .900 (26)
3. Reto Berra .903 (27)
4. Marek Mazanec .904 (22)
5. Martin Brodeur .904 (32)
6. Cam Ward .906 (22)
7. Carter Hutton .910 (29)
8. Ondrej Pavelec .910 (51)
9. Evgeni Nabokov .911 (33)
10. Cory Schneider .913 (34)


— Two Islanders goalies, two Predators goalies, and two Devils goalies in the bottom 10. None of those three teams are currently in a playoff position.

Goalie nods: King Henrik for Rangers, Nabokov likely for Isles

2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

News and notes from around the blue paint…

—- Tonight in the Bronx, Henrik Lundqvist will try to go 2-for-2 at Yankee Stadium when his Rangers take on the Islanders, who will probably turn to veteran Evgeni Nabokov after Kevin Poulin struggled Monday versus the Bruins. Isles coach Jack Capuano is a bit superstitious about announcing his goalie, so tell you what, if it’s not Nabokov we’ll update the post.

—- Ben Scrivens will start for the Oilers tonight at home to San Jose. Now how we know? Dallas Eakins tweeted it. For San Jose, it’ll be Antti Niemi.

— The third and final game of the night is Chicago at Vancouver. At this point, neither team has confirmed its starter, but we’d be shocked if it wasn’t Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks after Antti Raanta was yanked last night in Calgary. For the Canucks, we’d wager on Roberto Luongo over Eddie Lack.