Barring freak injury that one should never rule out with this club, it sounds all but certain that Rick DiPietro will get his first NHL start since Jan. 2, 2009,
either tonight in Dallas or tomorrow in Phoenix. We'll find out when the tea leaves are properly examined this morning, or else when the Islanders decide to give it a proper announcement (Ha!).
What follows are things that have happened since DiPietro's last NHL start, a loss in Phoenix in which he allowed five goals, saved 28 of 33 (that's good for .848), and physically if not verbally told us that something was still wrong:
- The U.S. inaugurated a black president (no, really!), whose first order of business was putting a tourniquet on a financial mess so bad, it might prevent the NHL salary cap from going up next season. (Perish the thought. Now sell us your cap problems for cheap.)
- Playing for the two blue and orange NHL franchises who dominated the 1980s (and showed me what hockey at Heaven's Bourne would be like), Dwayne Roloson has gone a combined 40-25-12. He's also turned 40, while looking 33.
The point is having fun with Islanders hockey. DiPietro's pending return -- that sure counts as fun, no?