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.
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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