PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 27: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores on Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders during the game at Consol Energy Center on October 27, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Rick DiPietro will undergo sports hernia surgery. The Islanders goaltender could be lost for the remainder of the season.
The New York Islanders might see another season end early for goaltender Rick DiPietro. He has missed games since Dec. 3 when he suffered a groin injury against the Dallas Stars.
DiPietro will have surgery next Tuesday to repair a sports hernia.
The goalie said about his potentially season-ending injury:
"This is something I thought would just heal up and go away, and instead it got more and more debilitating," a somber DiPietro told Newsday yesterday from Boston, where he will have the surgery. "I'm almost bionic at this point." (via Newsday)
In the best-case scenario, DiPietro could be expected back at the beginning of April. However, since playing 68 games in 2007-08, DiPietro has only played a total of 47 games in four seasons. In eight games for the Isles this season, DiPietro was 3-2 and had a 3.73 GAA and a save percentage of 87.6.
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