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Isles’ DiPietro to start, make season debut vs. Bruins

Jan 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

Rick DiPietro

The New York Islanders have announced that goalie Rick DiPietro will make his season debut tonight when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

DiPietro, 31, last appeared in an NHL contest 419 days ago — Dec. 3, 2011 — before missing extensive time with a groin injury.

The oft-injured netminder hasn’t been completely inactive since then, mind you.

He spent some time with SC Riessersee of the German second division during the lockout (where he denied reports he re-injured his groin) and came back to Isles camp healthy, ready to get his career back on track…again.

DiPietro’s a Massachusetts native, so no huge surprise the Isles are giving him the start in Boston. The decision was also likely made easier by the fact Evgeni Nabokov‘s played three games in five nights, and faced 43 shots against Toronto.

DiPietro last faced the Bruins on Nov. 19, 2011 — a 6-0 loss at Nassau in which he was hooked after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the first period.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Looks like he hasn’t been outside in 419 days, let alone play hockey.

  2. jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    bahahahaha……he looks like he has been living in a cave licking his wounds. boston gets a gift tonight

  3. davebabychreturns - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    What are the odds Rick was wearing shoes when that picture was taken?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      probably wearing birkenstocks made of hemp

      • tuberippin - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        If I was constantly falling apart I’d probably be getting high too

  4. xflyersx - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Someone’s on the devil’s lettuce

  5. ferrantej - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    When did Manson get paroled?

  6. bcsteele - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    This just in:

    Rick DePietro strains groin getting out of bed and is a game time decision tonight against the Bruins.

  7. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    joke

  8. buddysguys - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    he looks like the stunt double for Paul Rudd in the movie My Idiot Brother…..google it.

  9. lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Is he wearing a necklace with blue beads there too? Was he just at a Phish cover band show? $10 says he’s wearing baggy khakis and flipflops.

  10. bcisleman - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Let’s start a pool: pick which minute of the first period RDP will be pulled in. I say 12:22. So much for a 3-1 start.

  11. bcjim - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    That photo is a game misconduct unto itself.

  12. cweez2 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Russell Brand plays hockey? Who’da thunk it?

  13. islesjb - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Love the picture- The “RDP pulled his hamstring getting the paper” jokes are incredibly old so I’m glad Ricky was kind enough to provide us with this GEM of a headshot to keep the jokes fresh.

    Paul Rudd “Idiot Brother / Russel Brand / Charles Mansion are all solid doppelgangers for DP here

  14. darksidecowboy - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Rootin for ya Dipi, get your career back together. Maybe just being a solid backup is what you’re meant to be at this point.

  15. erbaker67 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Man, I wish I got paid that much to be a backup.

  16. arrooo - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Bet heavy on the Bruins. La,la,la,la,la lock it up

  17. sheapuck - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    RDP is so affraid of injury he is steering clear of all razors.

  18. slickdemetrius - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    … kinda like Jesus, but not in a sacrilegious way…

  19. thebadguyswon - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Kenny Loggins plays hockey?!

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