New York Islanders
goaltender Rick DiPietro
did not skate with the team at Friday's practice and is headed home for evaluation of the groin injury that forced him to leave Monday night's game in Calgary.
DiPietro left the Isles' 5-2 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome early in the second period after tweaking his groin during a second-period scramble. He stopped 13 of 14 shots before leaving and was credited with the victory. He took part in the morning skate Thursday but did not dress for the Isles' 2-1 loss at Edmonton.
The Islanders confirmed Friday that DiPietro is flying back to New York and will not be available for games Saturday in Colorado or Sunday in Chicago. With Dwayne Roloson
traded to Tampa Bay last week, the Isles will use rookies Nathan Lawson
and Kevin Poulin
for the weekend games. Lawson started and was relieved by Poulin in the loss at Edmonton.
DiPietro, now in the fifth season of a 15-year contract, missed most of the past two seasons while recovering from knee and hip surgeries. He is 6-6-4 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .889 save percentage, though he has won his last three decisions. DiPietro missed a week last month while dealing with swelling in his knee.