Tag: Tim Thomas


Panthers erase two-goal deficit as Red Wings’ home woes continue


The Florida Panthers might not be among the East’s best, and they cannot seem to score on the power play, but they’re proving pesky against some of the league’s biggest names. That continued on Sunday, as they came back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime and eventually beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 via a shootout.

With that, the Panthers have won three of four against the Red Wings and two of three against the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. Not bad for a team that is 21-24-7.

Both squads should be worried about some trends that continued tonight, though.

  • The Miami Herald’s George Richards points out that Florida hasn’t scored in its last 42 power-play opportunities. Their last one came on Dec. 28 (against the Red Wings). Oddly enough, they’ve scored three times shorthanded during that span, including Brad Boyes’ game-tying goal.
  • Good for Florida: Tim Thomas is now 6-2 in shootouts (Florida is only 7-5 overall). The Red Wings are a paltry 3-8.
  • The Red Wings are now just 9-11-8 at home this season. They came into Sunday having won three of four in Detroit, so maybe they’re turning things around big picture-wise.

The Panthers organization got the best of Detroit today in general, as the team points out that the San Antonio Rampage came back against the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL.

Goalie nods: Price, Varlamov look to bounce back

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Price looks to rebound

Montreal will go with Carey Price tonight, just two nights after he was hooked from a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Price is in the midst of a rough stretch — prior to the Pittsburgh game, he gave up four goals in back-to-back game against the Leafs and Sens.

Price will go up against Jonas Gustavsson in the Detroit goal tonight. “The Monster” is making his second start since Jimmy Howard tweaked his knee in Monday’s loss to St. Louis.

Varlamov does too

Much like Price, Semyon Varlamov will head into Friday’s action looking to make amends for a poor outing.

Varlamov was hooked after allowing three goals on 10 shots in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to Toronto, snapping his four-game unbeaten streak in the process. The Russian Olympic ‘tender will look to tame the Panthers tonight in Florida, a team that scored four times on him in a 4-1 win back in November.

Varlamov will go up against Tim Thomas in the Florida goal.


Capitals at Devils: Michal Neuvirth vs. the red-hot Cory Schneider.

Predators at Flames: Devan Dubnyk vs. Karri Ramo.

Coyotes at Oilers: Ilya Bryzgalov for Edmonton, no word on a Phoenix starter yet.

Goalie nods: Lundqvist ill, Talbot goes for Rangers; Kuemper starts fifth straight


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Talbot in for Blueshirts

With Henrik Lundqvist ill and unable to dress tonight, the Rangers will start Cam Talbot against the Islanders — and are still in search of a backup.

Talbot is relatively fresh, having stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win over the Sens on Saturday, and is 10-3-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .940 save percentage this season. The real question will be who sits behind Talbot; hazardous weather conditions in the Northeast have reportedly made calling up someone from AHL Hartford more difficult than usual.

UPDATE: It’ll be David LeNeveu backing up tonight for New York.

As for the Isles, Kevin Poulin will get the start in goal.

Kuemper rides again

Rookie netminder Darcy Kuemper will make his fifth straight start for the Wild on Tuesday in Dallas.

Kuemper has been very good for Minnesota since his recall from AHL Iowa, going 4-1-0 with a 1.37 GAA and .954 save percentage. He’s also provided quality netminding with both Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding on the shelf, which has kept the Wild afloat in the Western Conference playoff chase.

The Stars have yet to announce their starter for this evening.


Panthers at Sabres: Ryan Miller going for Buffalo; Tim Thomas likely for Florida.

Kings at Blue Jackets: Columbus goes with Sergei Bobrovsky; Martin Jones likely for L.A.

Senators at Capitals: Craig Anderson vs. Braden Holtby

Blues at Devils: Brian Elliott vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov in for Colorado; James Reimer probable for Toronto.

Canucks at Oilers: Roberto Luongo vs. Ben Scrivens

Jets at Ducks: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Jonas Hiller

Goalie nods: Clemmensen gets rare start, Halak to face Detroit

Scott Clemmensen

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Clemmensen goes for Panthers

Florida will give under-the-weather netminder Tim Thomas the night off on Monday, turning the crease over to veteran backup Scott Clemmensen versus Pittsburgh.

Clemmensen, who hasn’t started a game since Dec. 29, is 5-4-1 this season with a 2.91 GAA and .894 save percentage. He has performed well in stints, however — including a solid stretch in late December — and did win his last game, stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 win over Montreal.

Clemmensen will take on Marc-Andre Fleury tonight.

Halak takes on Wings

St. Louis will face former division rival Detroit tonight, and will give Jaroslav Halak the chance to face a team he’s struggled against historically.

Halak is 3-4-1 all-time against the Wings, with a 3.76 GAA and .880 save percentage. Last year, the Blues often went with Brian Elliott (or Jake Allen) against Detroit, though Halak did face the Red Wings once (and did well, stopping 14 shots in a 6-0 win.)

Halak will go up against Jimmy Howard tonight.


Stars at Predators: Kari Lehtonen vs. Carter Hutton

Leafs at Coyotes: No confirmed starters from either team yet.

Flames at Sharks: Karri Ramo for Flames; no word yet on who San Jose will start.

Goalie nods: Bishop back for Bolts, Brodeur starts in Montreal

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Ben’s back

Ben Bishop will play for the first time in four games when the Lightning take on the Rangers at MSG tonight.

Bishop, who is 22-5-3 with a 1.86 GAA and .935 save percentage, was sidelined with a wrist injury and backed up last night as the Bolts lost 3-2 in Columbus.

For New York, Henrik Lundqvist will look for his fourth straight win. He stopped 37 of 38 shots in a stellar 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Sunday.

Au revoir, Marty?

Martin Brodeur could be playing his last game in Montreal tonight when the Devils take on the Habs.

Brodeur, a Quebec native who’s father was the longtime Canadiens’ team photographer, has been sitting behind Cory Schneider for the last three games and hasn’t played well in 2014, going 0-1-1 with a 3.97 GAA and .846 save percentage.

This is the last time the Devils will visit Montreal this season, having already played at the Bell Centre on Dec. 2 (a 3-2 Habs victory).

Tonight, Brodeur will go up against Carey Price in the Canadiens’ goal.


Maple Leafs at Bruins: Jonathan Bernier in for the Leafs. Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Sharks at Capitals: Antti Niemi vs. Philipp Grubauer

Islanders at Panthers: Kevin Poulin vs. Tim Thomas

Flyers at Sabres: Steve Mason vs. Jhonas Enroth

Avalanche at ‘Hawks: Semyon Varlamov vs. Corey Crawford

Coyotes at Blues: Mike Smith vs. Jaroslav Halak

Flames at Predators: Karri Ramo vs. Carter Hutton

Senators at Wild: Robin Lehner vs. Darcy Kuemper

Oilers at Stars: Ilya Bryzgalov in for Edmonton. Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.