Had to rely on the Twitterverse last night because of the maintenance we're doing to our site and blogs, but if you didn't see my updates on rehabbing goaltender Rick DiPietro's 2nd start in Springfield last night, here's the rundown:
DiPietro stopped 13 of 14 shots in two periods, but did not play the third period because of some stiffness in his leg (which one has not been specified), although he said it was unrelated to any of these surgeries.
DiPietro said he just wanted to exercise caution and play it safe. No update yet on how he's feeling today or whether he's gotten an evaluation
Obviously that has to be at least somewhat concerning to the Islanders, but the best indication will be whether he plays Tuesday, at which point the organization will assess the situation further.
I just spoke to Garth Snow, who reviewed the 40-minute performance, about the situation and here's what he said:
"He played a great 40 minutes. He made some great saves, looked extremely mobile, read the play well, and handled the puck efficiently," Snow said. 'As far as the third period, we don't have enough information yet on it for me to make an educated comment."
So, like I said, the tell-tale sign will be if his Tuesday start is impacted.
****Also, if you are holding out any hope that the Islanders put a claim in on defenseman Lukas Krajicek (waived yesterday by Tampa Bay), don't hold your breath. Not what the Islanders are looking for right now.