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Islanders put Rick DiPietro on IR... Again

Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 17: The Montreal Canadiens celebrate a goal by Erik Cole #72 at 17:38 of the second period against Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 17, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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It’s really not funny to joke about Rick DiPietro’s injury problems anymore.

After DiPietro hurt his groin over a week ago, the Islanders have made the inevitable move of putting him on injured reserve. With Evgeni Nabokov back from his own injury, putting DiPietro on IR hurts a bit less. The fact that he’s hurt yet again, however, has become some kind of sad reoccurring nightmare for DiPietro.

DiPietro’s injury is bad enough for New York but his play in goal this season has managed to be worse. Out of DiPietro, Nabokov, and Al Montoya it was DiPietro who was playing the worst of the bunch. If nothing else, the time away could help DiPietro clear his mind about how he’s played.

Then again, maybe medical science will someday improve so that even DiPietro can play a full season without any issues.