Rick DiPietro is out again, this time possibly for the remainder of the season with facial fractures and knee swelling. The timeline is 4-to-6 weeks but this latest injury, resulting from a one-punch fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson, may signal the premature end to yet another season for the Islanders goaltender.
Despite x-rays in Pittsburgh showing no damage to the right side of his face following the fight, a CT scan yesterday showed the multiple fractures and DiPietro's face was visibly swollen and discolored today as he discussed this latest setback.
"It’s frustrating, it’s unfortunate and every other emotion you can throw in there," he said. "I’m sick of losing, our team’s sick of losing. You never go into a fight expecting you’re going to get smashed in the face that hard, or with these kind of consequences, but it happens and you move on."
DiPietro will require rest for both the facial fractures and the knee swelling, the latter of which has kept him out a week just before Christmas and caused him to miss all but eight games last season.
The Islanders now have 20-year-old Kevin Poulin to shoulder the workload and no healthy backup -- Nathan Lawson is still out with a sprained MCL.