DiPietro forced to sit against rival Rangers
Islanders goalie suffering from lower-body injury not related to off-season surgery
New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro finds himself dealing with yet another injury not related to the off-season surgery on his knee and hip.
He missed Monday's game against the rival New York Rangers due to an undisclosed lower-body ailment.
DiPietro lasted only one period Saturday night at home against Carolina, allowing two goals on 12 shots. One of the goals came directly after he turned over the puck with an ill-advised clearing attempt.
After the game, the Islanders announced he was pulled because of an injury, not performance. A doctor examined DiPietro Monday but no details were provided.
"Rick is day to day pending additional assessment and treatment," according to a team news release. "No further comments related to this issue will be made until further information is available."
Yann Danis, recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Sunday, dressed as Joey MacDonald's backup against the Rangers.
Following surgery, DiPietro didn't play the first four games of the season. While he wasn't ready for action then, he did dress for all the games as the backup to MacDonald.
He finally made his first on-ice appearance on Oct. 18 at Florida and started three consecutive games.
The Islanders have adopted a policy not to release specifics about injuries to players other than the general area — upper or lower body. However, the team did say that defenceman Freddy Meyer sat out Monday due to an abdominal strain he sustained Saturday.
Elsewhere on the injury front, defenceman Brendan Witt missed his second straight game and is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks because of a lower-body injury.
Brett Skinner, also brought up from Bridgeport on Sunday, was in the lineup to help the depleted defence corps that is also missing Radek Martinek and Andy Sutton.
With files from the Associated Press