The first line of Greg Logan’s story in Newsday today tells you all you need to know.

“What’s left of Rick DiPietro’s season rests on a balky knee that hasn’t responded well to surgery more than two months ago to repair meniscus damage …” Logan writes.

That fact means that the Islanders aren’t going to get any better any time soon, including tomorrow night when they host the Boston Bruins at Nassau Coliseum.

Also in Newsday, columnist Mark Hermann gives the reasons why the Isles should tell DiPietro to take the rest of the season off. Oh, and making matters worse on Long Island, DiPietro’s fill-in Joey MacDonald, a former Bruins netminder, strained a groin and had to leave last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers, as Steve Zipay in Newsday and Larry Brooks in the New York Post describe.

This is probably not what former Providence Bruins (AHL) head coach Scott Gordon signed up for when he decided to head to the next level. How unfortunate for a well-respected coach.