Originally posted on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 1/9/12

After a poor finish to a three game road trip, the Islanders may be getting some good news.

Goaltender Al Montoya and forward David Ullstrom are scheduled to practice with the team today according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Both have been out since December 21 with concussions suffered during a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

According to the report, Montoya will not be ready in time for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum and the team may call up Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin. Poulin has been a roll as of late, posting three consecutive shutouts for the Islanders farm team and set an organizational record.

Anders Nilsson has played back up to Evgeni Nabokov for the past two weeks due to injuries to Montoya and Rick Dipietro. Nilsson’s only start of the season was against the Pittsburg Penguins back on November 21. He allowed 5 goals against in game remembered for the return of injured Penguins start Sidney Crosby.

Nabokov has started eight consecutive games and could use a night or two off. If Poulin is called expect him to get a start or two.

Ullstrom played 14 games before he was sidelined with a concussion. During that span Ullstrom scored two goals and had two assists for four points.

After a tough weekend for the Islanders this should be welcomed news for the team and the fanbase.

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