The New York Islanders can't seem to catch a break. Well, maybe it's just Rick DiPietro.
The oft injured Islanders goaltender is injured yet again, this time with facial fractures and knee swelling after his fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson.
Here is what the Islanders official site had to say:
The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Rick DiPietro is expected to miss the next four to six weeks with both facial fractures and knee swelling.
DiPietro, 29, has played in 21 games with the Islanders this season, posting a 7-10-4 record with a 3.36 goals against average (GAA) and a .890 save percentage (sv%). The Winthrop, MA, native was the first overall selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. In 302 career regular season games with the Islanders, DiPietro shows a 126-127-8 record with a 2.83 GAA and a .904 save percentage.
DiPietro, who finally found his way back into the starting lineup after two consecutive injury-filled years, has seen some improvement this year, but has still missed significant time this season.
This most recent injury was the result of an unnecessary fight during garbage time in the Islanders' 3-0 loss to the Penguins. Islanders fans are probably being driven mad by their goaltender's injuries, especially this one which was completely avoidable.
This injury also makes the refusal to report of Evgeni Nabokov even more devastating.
More when we have it.