SUNRISE, Fla. | Billed – at least on the Florida Panthers’ splash website intro – as Tomas Vokoun vs. Jose Theodore, Monday night’s game will be a battle of the backup goaltenders.
That was revealed at about 6:15 p.m. when coach Kevin Dineen revealed why Theodore missed the morning skate.
“He’s ill. He came in last night, started to have flu-like symptoms,” the Panthers’ first-year coach said. “I had those conversations this morning and felt we would give him the afternoon, and he hasn’t improved a heck of a lot.”
That means Scott Clemmensen in net against the Washington Capitals. And Dineen also said Florida recalled rookie Jacob Markstrom to be the backup Monday night.
Clemmensen stopped 23 of 26 shots Saturday in the Panthers’ 5-3 win at the San Jose Sharks.
“It was a tough decision for me anyways. I actually was going to give Jose the game tonight,” Dineen said. “It’s a great feeling – all year long it’s been real nice to make these hard decisions because both our goalies whether it’s been Jacob or Clem as well as Theo have all played very solid for us.”
The Panthers are eighth in the league in goals-against at 2.38 a game.
Michal Neuvirth will be in net for the Caps, his second straight start.