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Panthers take Thomas off IR, starts against Ottawa

Nov 9, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers finally have some good news.

John Shannon of Sportsnet reports the Panthers are taking goalie Tim Thomas off of injured reserve and will get the start in their game this afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.

Thomas has been out since October 22 with a lower-body injury. Since he’s been hurt, the Panthers have lost six games in a row including games to the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers. Thomas’ absence also coincided with the firing of former coach Kevin Dineen. In all, the team has lost seven straight.

While Thomas’ numbers haven’t been great this year (2-3-0 record, .905 SV%,  3.11 GAA) he’s been the most consistent goalie the Panthers have had all season compared to Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen.

Interim head coach Peter Horachek hopes Thomas’ return can help turn things around on South Beach.

  1. muckleflugga - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    no fears timmy…

    there won’t be any world leaders at the game or in ottawa for that matter…you’re good to go kid

    be assured, stephen harper and his band herringbone, will be lighting it up to rave reviews while playing to several people at the tugaske hotel tonight, then the spirit river legion on saturday and sunday

    the senators on the other, not the hockey version, will be in the kitchen with dinah, cooking their expense accounts in time for the audit

    everyone’s good to go

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