Tim Thomas left Florida Panthers practice this afternoon and, hours later, the club made a move to replace him on the active roster.
Jacob Markstrom has been recalled from AHL San Antonio, the club announced on Thursday. Markstrom’s recall is on an emergency basis, so the Panthers won’t have to make an immediate roster move in order to get Markstrom active.
There appears to be some mystery surrounding what exactly ails Thomas. Florida head coach Peter Horachek only said that Thomas had to leave practice early and wasn’t sure what the injury is, according to the Miami Herald. Thomas has missed 10 games this year with groin and lower-body injuries.
Despite that, the 39-year-old has been a workhorse for the Panthers. He was the goalie of record in 14 straight games from Nov. 9 to Dec. 7 before Scott Clemmensen gave him a breather in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Chicago.
Thomas is 9-10-1 on the year with a 2.75 GAA and .909 save percentage.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.