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Rick DiPietro Injury Update: Islanders Goalie To Have Sports Hernia Surgery

Rick DiPietro will undergo sports hernia surgery. The Islanders goaltender could be lost for the remainder of the season.

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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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