Brad Isbister will again be a scratch tonight against the Canadiens, with the same lines expected as well.
Meanwhile, as many of you have already noted, the Islanders may have suffered a crushing blow with the loss of Rick DiPietro to what looks like post-concussion syndrome. The goalie is definitely out tonight, and initial reports indicate he might be done for the season.
DiPietro was initially injured in a March 13 loss in Montreal, missed two more games, then returned for the next four. And yet here’s where the Islanders may now have their own Ulf Nilsson-Denis Potvin moment. According to Newsday’s Greg Logan, it’s possible that DiPietro’s condition was re-aggravated Sunday against the Rangers in a first period pileup initiated by Sean Avery. It’s mere speculation at this point, but seeing how that was the goalie’s only major contact of the game, and that he then sat out practice yesterday, it’s not exactly a stretch.
Of course, the real culprit is the Canadiens’ Steve Begin, who originally collided with the goalie two weeks ago. But to Islanders fans, that might not have the same ring to it…