Rick DiPietro now is experiencing swelling in one of his surgically repaired knees, so the oft-injured goaltender missed his third straight game as the dead-last Isles concluded a terrible 0-4-0 western road trip with a 5-2 loss Thursday night in Calgary.
Without another game until Tuesday at home against the rival Rangers, DiPietro will get the weekend to rest further and will be reevaluated by the team's medical staff once the Isles return to Long Island.
I don't understand why DP played 2 weeks ago if there was any question as to whether he was ready or not. What is need to rush him back this season at all?
Originally Posted by ThirdEye
He probably wants to play.
He's 'medically cleared' to play, but he seems to still be getting swelling in his knee after practice, etc. Apparently it's not uncommon with this type of surgery (but I'm no doctor) and it's now down to when he feels ready to go (easier said than done when you're a butterfly goalie). One school of thought is that we suck this year so no problem being overly cautious. The other is, if he's not 110%, why even have him dressed for the game. Throw in that the team is very close to the chest with any injury updates and you can imagine the wild speculation that has occurred.
Either way, good luck tonight, here's to a good game and no injuries.
He's 'medically cleared' to play, but he seems to still be getting swelling in his knee after practice, etc. Apparently it's not uncommon with this type of surgery...
I guess I didn't think about it that way. If this is just how recovery from this surgery goes, than I can understand getting him in once every couple of weeks to progress it along. But still, leaving him the whole game to face 40 shots on his return seemed a little extreme.