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Dipietro out again; pre-game notes | January

It only took a day before the Dwayne Roloson trade bit the Islanders in the butt. Rick Dipietro left the Islanders-flames game early with a groin strain on Monday night. Now five days later Dipietro is on his way back to New York to be re evaluated by doctors.

"My understanding is he wasn't going to play the next two games, anyway, because there's not going to be a lot of practice time,'' head coach Jack Capuano told Newsday.  "He's going to go back and continue to work it and have the doctors take a look at it."

Although it would appear the Islanders organization is not too concerned by the injury, this is a story fans have seen too many times. Dipietro was sidelined in mid December and spent a short time on injured reserve, but he was later reactivated later in the month. Not to mention the prior two seasons where Dipietro did not play over 10 games combined between the 08-09 and 09-10 seasons.

Now the Islanders face the same problem they faced back in 08-09; they go into games with two unproven goaltenders in Kevin Poulin and Nathan Lawson.

During the 08-09 season the Islanders played a major portion of the season with the tandem of Joey MacDonald and Yann Danis. Danis and MacDonald both were career AHL’ers and both had their ups and downs that’s season. Easy to conclude the season did not go particularly well for the Islanders that year.

Now they go the next two games, at least, with two rookie net minders while the organization figures out the Dipietro situation. Poulin and Lawson have both had their bright spots so far this season. Lawson made an impressive start against the Coyotes and helped the Isles defeat the Flames after Dipietro left with an injury.  Poulin also looked impressive during his first NHL appearance against the Oilers where he stopped all 19 shots he faced after the Islanders pulled Lawson.

But as fans saw in that 08-09 season the unproven goalies cannot work out in the long term, even they are as talented as Kevin Poulin.

Pre-Game Notes

Islanders are in Denver to take on the Avalanche this afternoon. The Avs are 1-5-2 in their last eight games.

Kevin Poulin will get the start this afternoon against the Avalanche.

Jack Capuano on Poulin: "He's (Poulin) ready to go," Capuano said. "He's a competitor, he loves the atmosphere. He'll be in there, and if he wasn't playing he'd be griping a little bit. He's the kind of guy that wants the action, he wants to be the guy. It's unfortunate - Ricky's situation - but he's (Poulin) going to get the opportunity that he wants."

The Avs will have Craig Anderson start against the Isles. Anderson is 11-9 this season and has a GAA of 3.03 and saves percentage of .904

Frans Nielson will not play again for the Islanders. In his place will be Bridgeport call up Jeremy Colliton.