The New York Islanders
scratched oft-injured goaltender Rick DiPietro
for Monday afternoon's game against the New Jersey Devils
, a 20-year-old rookie, started in goal and was backed up by another rookie, 27-year-old Nathan Lawson
The team did not give a reason for the decision to scratch DiPietro, which came less than 48 hours after he stopped 40 of 43 shots in a 5-3 victory against Buffalo on Saturday night. That was his first appearance since Jan. 3, when he strained an adductor muscle and had to leave in the second period of the Isles' 5-2 win at Calgary.
DiPietro, who missed most of the last two seasons while recovering from knee and hip surgeries, is 7-6-4 with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage while battling injuries, including the adductor strain and knee problems.