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Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Kevin Poulin on Over

It wasn't exactly home cooking, but Anders Nilsson got the benefit of NHL travel, service and salary through the end of the 2011 holidays while serving as Evgeni Nabokov's backup for the past 2.5 weeks.

Nilsson did not see any playing time -- Nabokov, whose numbers against Tuesday's opponent are ... unsound, drew eight consecutive starts after Al Montoya (concussion) hit the shelf -- so the 21-year-old Swede didn't get the chance to bump up that .849 save percentage from his 100 minutes of NHL work this season.

Now Nilsson steps aside, and back down for game action, as Player of the Week [FanShot] Kevin Poulin gets the callup to the Islanders on the heels of a 4-0-0 week for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers that saw him "stop 98 of 100 shots for a 0.48 goals-against average and a .980 save percentage, registering three consecutive shutouts and making a run at a 54-year-old AHL record."

The status for both recalls was and remains "emergency" basis, with Montoya skating but not yet off IR and Rick DiPietro in the gym but not on the ice (TL instead?). Newsday's Arthur Staple even suggests Poulin may get the start against the Red Wings, who are near the top of league standings and the top possession team in the league. After coming roughly 28 minutes short of Johnny Bower's AHL record, that would be one of those mixed rewards for a job well done.

This can't be related (can it?), but from his Sharks days Nabokov does have a career 3.53 GAA and .888 save percentage in 29 starts against the Red Wings. I imagine ugly numbers are associated with most goalies' career records against the red machine.