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DiPietro came into training camp and the season completely healthy. However, it's been another tumultuous season for the former first overall pick in the 2000 draft. His GAA is 3.44 and he has a sub-.900 save percentage.
No one questions Rick's desire to play and compete, or his dedication for that matter. It's visible on his face when things don't go the right way for the team or if he fails to make a stop. But one must question if his body still can compete at the highest level, especially after suffering a groin injury during their 5-4 win over Dallas.
No doubt his injury during that game affected his play, but instead of signaling to the bench that he needed to be switched and was injured, he opted to let up three goals in just over two minutes...why?
Now with Rick injured again, we will see the team remain in the traditional two-goalie system. Nabakov is projected to return in the next few weeks, giving the Islanders two fantastic goaltenders who will receive full practices to themselves instead of net time being split up between the three of them.
The worst part of all is that the team seems to exhibit little confidence when playing with him in net. The fans as well have lost almost all faith in Rick DiPietro to come up with the saves he was drafted to stop nearly 11 years ago. And attitude towards him in general is that of worry, when remembering that if Rick can't turn it around, the team is stuck with him until 2022.