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Montoya starts in goal, DiPietro won't dress tonight

Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders takes

Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders takes part in the team's celebration following their 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Nassau Coliseum. (Oct. 10, 2011) Credit: Getty

Rick DiPietro is still being evaluated, according to Jack Capuano, so Evgeni Nabokov will dress as Al Montoya's backup for Thursday night's game with the Lightning.

"He said he felt pretty good," Capuano said, adding that he couldn't say for sure, but didn't think DiPietro was suffering from a concussion after taking a Brian Rolston shot off the mask in practice on Wednesday.

"For me, it's not [a concussion concern] right now," Capuano said. "I saw him when he had a concussion before and he looks much better now."

The 18 skaters will remain the same from the first two games, though forward Trevor Gillies (groin) will likely come off injured reserve to take Ryan Strome's roster spot.


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