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Theodore to start, Garrison to play for Panthers in Game 7

Apr 26, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

Garrison Theodore

According to Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen’s confirmed Jose Theodore will start in goal for tonight’s Game 7 against the Devils and that defenseman Jason Garrison will return to the lineup as well.

Going back to Theodore means the Panthers will have alternated starters in each of their last five playoff games. Theodore started Game 3, Clemmensen Game 4, Theodore Game 5, Clemmensen Game 6…and now Theodore for Game 7.

It’s one of the most bizarre playoff goaltending situations in recent memory, especially for a team on the verge of advancing to the second round.

As for Garrison, getting him back after a three-game absence will be huge. One, he’ll help out Florida’s struggling power play, which has gone 1-for-13 over the last three games. Two, he’ll lighten the load on a defense that was thin to begin with prior to his and Keaton Ellerby‘s injuries.

In Game 6, Florida once again used a heavy five-man defensive rotation with Brian Campbell (27:10), Mike Weaver (25:24), Dmitry Kulikov (23:40), Erik Gudbranson (20:37), Ed Jovanovski (20:14) all playing a ton to compensate for AHL San Antonio call-up Tyson Strachan (13:34).

  1. mehetmet - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    yeah totally bizarre, I haven’t seen anything like this since…..last years flyers

    • mehetmet - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      #sarcasm

      • Mike Halford - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        Philly’s starters went: Bobrovsky, Bobrovsky, Boucher, Boucher, Boucher, Leighton, Boucher in Round 1 vs. Buffalo.

  2. sam52054 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    WTF, why aren’t they showing the first hour of the Devils-Panthers game on NBCSP? Figures NBC would find some way to screw it up…. How about putting it on CNBC that most of us have instead of NHL network that most of us dont?

  3. sam52054 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    WTF, why aren’t they showing the first hour of the Devils-Panthers game on NBCSP? Figures NBC would find some way to screw it up…. How about putting it on CNBC that most of us have instead of NHL network that most of us don’t?

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