By: Adam Gretz
There doesn't appear to be a team in the NHL that goes through more goaltenders than the New York Islanders.
Once the team with too many this season, rotating Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov and Al Montoya in and out of the lineup, New York now finds itself in a situation where it doesn't have enough goalies for Saturday's game against Boston.
After it was announced on Friday that veteran Nabokov will be out indefinitely with a groin injury, the team later revealed that Montoya is day-to-day with a strained hamstring. And suddenly DiPietro, of all people, is the only healthy one on the roster.
Montoya has arguably been their best goaltender this season but has been limited in his playing time over the past month, appearing in just two games since Oct. 20. For the season he's recorded a .926 save percentage after posting a .921 mark in his 18 starts for the team last season.
Nabokov has appeared in eight games and has twice had to leave his starts early due to injury, including a game in Pittsburgh earlier this month that saw him exit after the overtime period and before the shootout. He played just seven minutes on Thursday night in what turned out to be a 4-3 Islanders win.
With Nabokov and Montoya currently sidelined, it's possible, if not likely, that Kevin Poulin will be called up from their AHL team in Bridgeport. Poulin appeared in 10 games last season.
Being forced to use multiple goalies isn't a new experience for the Islanders, as they went through six during the 2010-11 campaign: DiPietro, Montoya, Poulin, Nathan Lawson, Dwayne Roloson and Mikko Koskinen. Since the start of the 2008-09 season 11 different goalies have made an appearance for the team.