DiPietro started seven games last season, with all but the last one coming at the Coliseum. His last appearance at the Coliseum was on Thanksgiving Eve (11-23), 2011 against Philadelphia. After allowing a goal just 18 seconds in, the Isles rallied to give Rick a 3-1 lead after one period, but he couldn't hold it--Daniel Briere's overtime tally gave the Flyers a 4-3 win.
This will be DiPietro's 20th career appearance against Carolina. After splitting the first 10 (5-5-0), DiPietro is 0-7-1 in his last 9 appearances (one no-decision) against the Canes.
DiPietro comes in with the "pressure" of keeping the Isles at/above all-time ,500 (1351-1351-433). Twice last season the Isles feel one game below all-time .500, something they hadn't done since 1978. (Of course, the NHL's accounting has a lot to do with this... they could be as many as 86 games under .500 (1351-1437-357) if you counted all losses (regulation, overtime, shootout) as defeats.)