Tag: Tim Thomas


Panthers place Tim Thomas (groin) on IR


The Florida Panthers placed Tim Thomas (groin) on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 12, the Miami Herald’s George Richards reports.

Richards points out that Thomas, 39, is eligible to return in a Dec. 20 game against the Winnipeg Jets. Naturally, that doesn’t mean he’ll be good to go by then, though.

Blame it on age or the rust that came with skipping the 2012-13 season (or a combination of the two factors), but Thomas has been hobbled by lower-body injuries this season. He missed four games in October and six more in November with lower-body ailments. At least one of the two problems were groin-related.

The Panthers have leaned heavily upon Thomas when he has been healthy. He played in all but one game from Nov. 9 to Dec. 10.

The Panthers recalled Jacob Markstrom on Thursday to fill the void. The big Swede will battle for reps with Scott Clemmensen.

Goalie nods: Schneider goes for Devils, backups battle in Florida

Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates to the net during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
(September 15, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

News and notes from around the crease…

Schneider starts

Cory Schneider will be in goal for the Devils tonight as they take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Schneider hasn’t played in a full week, with his last action coming in a 3-1 loss to Detroit on Friday. Schneider stopped 18 of 21 in that game, then watched as Martin Brodeur played on Saturday versus New York and Tuesday in Columbus.

Marc-Andre Fleury will get the nod for Pittsburgh. He’s red hot, having won four of his last five while posting a 1.38 GAA and .951 save percentage.

Grubauer vs. Clemmensen in Florida — get tickets while you still can!

Not exactly a marquee matchup tonight, but still an interesting one…

Phillip Grubauer will make his second start of the week on Friday for the Caps, this after stopping 32 of 34 shots in a win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The German goalie was called up to Washington in the wake of an injury to Michal Neuvirth and has taken full advantage of the opportunity, winning each of his first two starts.

Florida will counter with Scott Clemmensen tonight, replacing injured starter Tim Thomas. Clemmensen allowed six goals on 32 shots against Chicago on Sunday and, quite frankly, has been brutal all year. Probably worth mentioning that Alex Ovechkin has five goals in his last three games. Panthers might wanna put a man on him.


— It’ll be Roberto Luongo vs. Devan Dubnyk tonight when the Canucks host the Oilers in Vancouver. No real surprises here, though it’s interesting Luongo starts tonight with tomorrow’s huge clash vs. Boston on the horizon.

You’d expect Luongo would also get the nod against the Bruins but, lest we forget, the last time these two teams met it was Schneider that got the nod, not Luongo.

On that note, here is a picture of Canucks backup goalie Eddie Lack.


With Thomas hurt, Florida recalls Markstrom

Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens

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.

Goalie nods: Varlamov aims to rebound after eight-goal night


All the latest from the blue paint…

Semyon Varlamov gets shot at redemption

Varlamov has exceeded expectations this season, but he allowed eight goals on 28 shots against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Jean-Sebastien Giguere played between the pipes Friday night and helped the Avalanche shake off that ugly defeat. Now it’s Varlamov’s turn to do the same.

He’ll play against the Vancouver Canucks and while nothing has been confirmed, Roberto Luongo will probably get his third straight start.

Antti Niemi back between the pipes

Niemi got a game off after the Pittsburgh Penguins chased him out of the net on Thursday. The Sharks netminder stopped just 23 of 27 shots through 40 minutes in what was ultimately a 5-1 loss for San Jose.

He got off to a hot start this season, but has a 2.87 GAA and .909 save percentage since the start of November. He’ll try to bounce back against Minnesota.

The Wild will counter with Josh Harding. He’s been one of the league’s most pleasant surprises this season with a 1.52 GAA and .935 save percentage in 23 games.


Bruins at Maple Leafs: Jonathan Bernier is expected to start after James Reimer turned aside 47 of 50 shots in regulation time in a 4-3 shootout victory. It remains to be seen if the Bruins will start Tuukka Rask on back-to-back nights.

Capitals at Rangers: Braden Holtby will probably play for Washington while Henrik Lundqvist has been confirmed for New York.

Panthers at Blackhawks: After his strong performance led to a rare win last night, Florida might risk starting Tim Thomas again. Chicago is expected to counter with Corey Crawford.

Goalie nods: Nilsson gets third straight for Isles, Peters gets second for ‘Canes


All the latest from the blue paint…

Isles rolling with Nilsson

Looks like the Islanders have a new go-to netminder.

Anders Nilsson will start for the third straight time on Thursday when New York takes on the Blues in St. Louis. The Swedish netminder played well in his last outing — stopping 31 of 34 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to Pittsburgh — and appears to have the upper hand (for now) on Kevin Poulin for the Isles’ No. 1 goalie gig.

Nilsson will go up against Jaroslav Halak tonight in the St. Louis goal.

Peters back for Carolina

Interesting decision from ‘Canes head coach Kirk Muller, who will go with Justin Peters for the second straight game tonight in Nashville. Peters stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 4-1 win over Washington on Tuesday — so he’s certainly full value for another start — but it is curious to see him go over Cam Ward, who has been very solid since coming back from injury.

Nashville has not yet named a starter for tonight, though it’s likely reigning rookie of the month Marek Mazanec will get the nod.


Rangers at Sabres: Henrik Lundqvist goes for New York, his first start after signing a seven-year, $59.5 million deal yesterday. No word on who Buffalo will counter with.

Stars at Maple Leafs: Kari Lehtonen vs. Jonathan Bernier.

Sharks at Penguins: Antti Niemi vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Jets at Panthers: Tim Thomas is confirmed for Florida, no word yet on a Winnipeg starter.

Senators at Lightning: Robin Lehner vs. Ben Bishop.

Bruins at Canadiens: Tuukka Rask vs. Carey Price.

Blackhawks at Wild: Corey Crawford vs. Josh Harding.

Avalanche at Oilers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Devan Dubnyk.