12:23 pm, Islanders Iceworks – Point Blank has learned that goaltender Rick DiPietro re-injured his knee last night and will be ruled out of the Islanders-Rangers game at the NVMC on Monday.
Yann Danis will be recalled from Bridgeport to back up Joey MacDonald.
Contrary to some eyewitness accounts from fans in the Comments area of this blog, a source tells Point Blank that DiPietro was not re-injured during the warmup but during the first period of last night’s 4-3 loss to Carolina. MacDonald entered the game at the start of the second period while DiPietro watched from the bench.
In other injury news, Freddy Meyer has a doctor’s appointment scheduled for tomorrow to look at an unknown injury also suffered last night. If Meyer can’t go on Monday, the Islanders will have to make an emergency recall from the Sound Tigers. The smart money would be on Brett Skinner.
The Islanders will likely be without defensemen Meyer, Radek Martinek, Brendan Witt and probably Andy Sutton.
When the Islanders host the rival Rangers tomorrow night, they will be a hurting team. But at least we know they are hurting.