Rehabbing goaltender Rick DiPietro, who did not play the third period of his second start Friday in Springfield because of tightness in his leg, is not practicing today and will not play tomorrow, which was originally scheduled as his next and last rehab start in Bridgeport.

DiPietro received treatment this weekend and will undergo an evaluation today. The Islanders are still hopeful this is something minor, but are erring on the side of caution until they learn more.


Also, here are some more odds and ends:

-Bridgeport defenseman Anton Klementyev has now been granted permission to participate in any type of World Juniors activities for Team Russia. Although Isles gm Garth Snow originally declined to acquiesce to the Russian Hockey Federation's request for Klementyev's participation because of a tenuous contract situation involving fellow Russian prospect Kirill Petrov and the KHL, Snow received cooperation from the RHF on this matter. It is believed that Petrov, who will room with Klementyev for all World Juniors activities, can get out of his contract with Kazan if he wishes.

-Bridgeport goaltender Mikko Koskinen, who underwent surgery in October for a torn labrum, began skating without equipment for the first time on Friday.


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