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Fantasy Spin: With Nabokov sidelined grab DiPietro

Friday, 11.18.2011 / 10:44 PM

By Eric Lipschutz - NHL.com Staff Writer / Fantasy Spin Blog

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Fantasy Spin: With Nabokov sidelined grab DiPietro
The New York Islanders have ruled Evgeni Nabokov out indefinitely with a groin injury after having an MRI on Friday. According to reports, Nabokov could be sidelined for aslong as a month. Rick DiPietro will likely get the nod in net for the Isles in their next game against Boston on Saturday.

Rick DiPietro appears to be in line for an increased work load in net for the Isles with Evgeni Nabokov sidelined indefinitely. (Photo: Mike Stobe/NHLI)
DiPietro stepped in admirably for the injured Nabokov on Thursday night, stopping 24 of 27 shots against the Montreal Canadiens for his second win of the season.  With Nabokov expected to miss a stretch of games, DiPietro should have the opportunity to seize the No.1 job on the Island. 
 
Nabokov owners, or any fantasy GM in need of help in goal, should scoop up DiPietro, who is owned in just six percent of Yahoo! leagues.  DiPietro posseses plenty of talent, but an injury plagued career has prohibited him from reaching his potential. However, DiPietro is still just 30-years old and should be as motivated as ever to live up to lofty expectations and his hefty contract.  

Don't forget about Al Montoya, too, as there is always the potential DiPietro will falter or once again get bitten by the injury bug. But for now, DiPietro appears to be the goalie in line to benefit the most from Nabokov's absence. As previously noted, no Islander goalie can be considered a very strong fantasy option at this point.  However, the goalie pool is always shallow, and though DiPietro is a risky play, he could give fantasy owners some solid production, at least for the short term.
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