Espn.com: Tristan H. Cockcroft, who apparently is the fantasy writer for Espn clearly is far more overworked than Rick DiPietro with this fictional analysis of the Islanders goaltender in previewing this weeks upcoming games.
New York Islanders (DAL -- Mon, OTT -- Wed, @NYR -- Thu, ATL -- Sat): Again, it's a shame to waste a four-game week for any team, but Rick DiPietro has yet to show us this season that he's consistent enough to overcome tough matchups such as these. Sure, he has beaten the Rangers in all three meetings this season, but that's a tidbit to exploit only in leagues that allow daily transactions. After all, the Rangers are the weakest of his four opponents offensively, so his success against them that comes as no shock.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
This borders on ridiculous. DiPietro faced the most shots per game on average last season and had a 9.19 save percentage. He has proven himself for years against top teams except Ottawa which many goaltenders have the same trouble against.
Rick DiPietro may or may not play well in these upcoming games, but he's allowed two goals or less in thirteen of eighteen starts this season, has two shutouts and is 3-0against the Devils. Islanders have no recent history against Dallas, have beaten Atlanta and the Rangers the last two seasons.
If he can shutout the Tampa Bay Lightning who have one of the best offensive teams in the league, maybe this writer can explain how the Islanders cannot win three of four of these games?
Did Scott Burnside help him write this?