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

Carey Price

News and notes from around the blue paint…

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


News and notes from the crease…

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