I watched the Islanders lose 7-1 to Buffalo the other day, ad they looked nothing like the team that competed against New Jersey or beat St. Louis. Gordon will not move to replace a backup goaltender, regardless of how the backup is feeling. But is DiPietro ready to play? Obviously not. Too much hype has been made about him not playing, and for good reason. If DiPietro were healthy, he'd be playing....period.
What we should be concerned with is how the younger players are performing so far this year. I know it's only three games, and judgment should not be placed for a while, but only Bergenheim has a goal. But time and patience is needed for this new system to begin to work.
Injury update: From various sources, Martinek is out 4-6 weeks with an upper body injury. Campoli is skating again but is not yet cleared to play. That leaves 3 regular defenseman out of the lineup. Don't blame the backup goalie completely just yet.