It would be very Islanders-like to sort of sneak him in a start in a Western time zone here, under the cover of as much obscurity as possible (i.e. Phoenix). But you make the call:
Do you start him Wednesday against Colorado, fifth overall in the league (by points) but firing just 26 shots per game? Or Friday in Dallas -- the worst team of the bunch at 16th overall, but throwing 32.3 shots per game at opposing goaltenders? Or in the anonymity of Phoenix Saturday, his last NHL opponent one year ago, but probably the best team on the trip: tied with Colorado for fifth overall and firing nearly 30 (29.9) shots per game?
For what it's worth, the Avalanche haven't played since Saturday; the Stars will have played the same night as the Isles-Avs tilt (Wednesday) at Madison Square Garden, and the Coyotes will have played two nights earlier in Vancouver.
Vote in the poll and, if you like, show your work and your goalie rotation (Biron?) in comments.
Which game will be Rick DiPietro's next start?
Wed. in Colorado - Just do it right quick. (55 votes)
Fri. in Dallas - Give him the 'weakest' opponent. (118 votes)
Sat. in Phoenix - Per team wishes that as few people report it as possible. (60 votes)
I'm really not good at making decisions. Can I just sit and read? Some tea would be lovely. (15 votes)
Later - Cross-country flights are bad on the joints. (18 votes)
266 total votes