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Panthers recall goalie Markstrom

Feb 20, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

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With the third worst team save percentage (.879) in the NHL, the Florida Panthers have recalled goalie Jacob Markstrom from AHL San Antonio.

Markstrom, 23, is 16-15-2 with a .920 save percentage this season with the Rampage. He made seven appearances, including six starts, in 2011-12 for the Panthers (2-4-1, .923).

Florida (4-7-4) plays Thursday in Philadelphia. It’s not clear yet if Markstrom will get the start against the Flyers (update: he’s expected to start). Or, for that matter, if the team has any plans for Jose Theodore or Scott Clemmensen.

The Panthers had all three goalies on the ice this morning at practice, per the Miami Herald.

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Yes, goaltending has been an issue…but, more importantly, SO HAS SCORING! Some extreme changes on the forecheck are in order if the Panthers look to right the ship. They’re near the bottom of the barrel in both goals for and goals allowed – two things that don’t translate well into winning. They have a good amount of talent, so scoring shouldn’t be a problem for them, but it has been.

    I called the Panthers a fluke last year as they took advantage of one of the most DISMAL showings the Southeast has ever made in the regular season. This year, the Lightning are better and so are the Hurricanes. The Panthers’ playoff hopes should be kept in check.

  2. 19to77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    “Stem the tide” of what, high draft picks? Why is Florida trying to not botch this season? They’re practically out of the playoffs already. Just shoot for Seth Jones, you need the defense anyway.

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