DiPietro placed on IR

December, 15, 2011
No surprise here.

The Islanders have place goaltender Rick DiPietro on injured reserve with a left groin strain, retroactive to December 3.

The oft-injured netminder suffered the injury in the Islanders' 5-4 win over Dallas December 3 and has not played since.

The 30-year-old, who has been hampered with a variety of ailments again this season, is 3-2-3, with an .876 save percentage and 3.73 goals against average.

Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov will tend the net for the Islanders, who have carried three goaltenders all season.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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