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Thomas (groin) doesn’t think he’ll be out long

Oct 9, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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Panthers goalie Tim Thomas may or may not be placed on injured reserve later today, according to Florida head coach Kevin Dineen.

If Thomas does go on IR as a result of the groin injury he suffered last night in Philadelphia, it would mean he’s out at least a week.

But, per George Richards of the Miami Herald, the 39-year-old says his groin is responding well to treatment and he doesn’t think he’ll be out long, so the Panthers may choose not to go that route.

Regardless, Jacob Markstrom is expected to start tomorrow in Tampa Bay after stopping all 25 Flyers shots he faced last night in relief of Thomas.

Veteran Scott Clemmensen is available to serve as backup.

The Panthers have a busy stretch coming up. After tomorrow’s Lightning game, they host Pittsburgh Friday and Los Angeles Sunday before heading to Nashville for a meeting with the Predators on Tuesday.

  1. canucks30 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

  2. canucks30 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

  3. canucks30 - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

  4. matt14gg - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Classic injury of a guy who has taken an extended period of time off. Think of guys in other sports that are in contract holdouts and miss extended training camp time. Quite often they get hurt pretty quickly and it’s usually a hamstring or groin. Add that to the fact that he’s 39. This just doesn’t look like it’s going to work out very well for the Panthers or TT.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Or just an injury you get as a goalie. I don’t think Miller has missed any training camp time

      • supercoop8 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Common to Nhlers especially goalies, Spezza and Miller both suffering one right now. Matt is just a “classic” fan waiting to be hypercritical of Thomas either due to his team being shut down by Thomas in the playoffs or his disagreeing with Thomas’ political beliefs.

  5. matt14gg - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I’m a Bruins fan and I couldn’t care less about Thomas’ beliefs. Really, hamstring and groin injuries are common to goalies? Insightful stuff. I’ve heard water is wet and ice is cold too, can you confirm? It’s got nothing to do with being critical of Thomas, but he’s been away from the game for quite a while and he’s 39. Not a good combination. Now go play some NHL 14 so you can learn more about the game.

    • supercoop8 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Sorry pal I don’t have NHL 14 but I could play some Blades of Steel and maybe watch Youngblood. If Rask goes down again with a groin injury would you blame the Bruins front office for re-signing him with his injury history??? (obviously no one agrees with the length of the contract)

  6. lordstanley65 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Ya know, I find that statement odd, Supercoop. I don’t recall seeing Matt do anything more than present a clear statement that had nothing whatsoever to do with any of the nonsense you accused him of. Actually, you look like an inflammatory troll who’s been waiting a looooong time to make those type of accusations against somebody, and couldn’t wait to use them where they would have applied. Maybe next time, eh?

    • supercoop8 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Matt is doing just fine he doesn’t need your protection. You are right though I did misconstrue the hyperbolic nature to the end of his comment to be over critical due to the usual trolls that show up just to bash Thomas.

      The phrase “accusations against somebody” is redundant and calm indignation while not inflammatory is still trolling, just with a tie on it.

  7. skr213 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    5.05 GAA and .850 SP and a groin injury. Yeah, I’d say that year off was a great idea.

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