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DiPietro to start in net tonight

Rick DiPietro makes a glove save against the

Rick DiPietro makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes. (Jan. 26, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

 As predicted, Rick DiPietro will be tonight's starting goalie against the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.

Tonight's contest, the fourth of a five-game road trip for the Islanders, will be his first game back since suffering facial fractures in a fight with Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson February 2.

DiPietro is 7-10-4 this season, with a .890 save percentage and 3.36 goals against average.

The Florida Panthers will try to string together their second straight win to complete their seven-game homestand tonight.

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