Some have noted that Kevin (and the Sound Tigers) have had an up & down season. Poulin is only 5-8-1 since the turn of the calendar to 2013. Overall, on the season Poulin is 15-13-3 with a 3.16 GAA and a 90.6 save percentage.
However, a look back at what Poulin has done in limited time at the NHL level speaks volumes.
Poulin has appeared in 16 NHL games (including one for :17 in Pittsburgh, when he replaced an injured Rick DiPietro) in parts of two seasons with the Isles.
In his 15 significant appearances, Poulin has allowed five goals once (1/17/11 vs. New Jersey) and three goals or less in every other appearance (He was pulled after allowing 2 goals in 1:35 to Ottawa last President's Day).
Overall, Poulin is 6-6-1 in his NHL career, with a 2.67 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
His last two NHL wins were both against Carolina (1/31/12 and 2/18/12). He allowed five goals total in the two games. The Isles host Carolina on Sunday night.
His last NHL appearance was a year ago yesterday (2/21/12). Poulin made 35 saves, and was credited with his first NHL assist, but dropped a 2-1 decision in Buffalo (in a game that Jack Capuano missed with the flu).
Poulin was selected 126th overall by the Islanders in 2008; he is one of 9 players drafted by the Islanders that year to play in the NHL, including current Islanders Bailey(9th), Travis Hamonic (53rd), David Ullstrom (102nd), Matt Martin (148th).