Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro, a native of Winthrop, Mass., went with the hometown favorite Friday when asked for his prediction for Sunday's AFC divisional game between the Jets and Patriots.

"I don't like to predict things because I'm a huge jinx, but I mean Patriots at home? You gotta love them," DiPietro said before adding a subtle salute to Pats receiver Wes Welker's humorous yet provocative comments earlier this week. "I think they're going to put their best foot forward and come out with a win."