Tim Thomas Injured, Scott Clemmensen Recalled From San Antonio

After allowing the second of two very flukey first period goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, Panthers’ goaltender Tim Thomas exited the game after suffering an injury while attempting to make a save on the Flyers’ second goal of the evening. While Thomas has yet to receive a full diagnosis, the team is currently saying that Thomas’ suffered a lower-body injury and that it is not thought to be serious at this time. Prior to tonight’s game, Thomas had a 4.20 GAA / .873 SV% while going 1-1-0 for the Panthers.

Until the full extent of Thomas’ injury is known, the Florida Panthers are expected to recall veteran backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen from the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. Coming off a knee surgery that kept him out for three weeks, Clemmensen won his only start for the Rampage thus far while allowing just 1 goal on 25 shots faced. While it looks like Jacob Markstrom will now receive the bulk of the starts until Thomas’ return, the return of Clemmensen’s veteran presence to the dressing room should prove to be beneficial to the Panthers.

We will continue to update you on the extent of Thomas’ injury as more information comes forward.

Update: Tim Thomas reportedly has a “slight groin pull”, not expected to be serious, but Clemmensen should join the team in Tampa.

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Game Day Preview: Panthers vs. Flyers. Is It Really Sunny In Philadelphia?



The city of Brotherly Love, otherwise known as Philadelphia isn’t so loving after all.  After a 0-3-0 start to the season which has seen the Flyers score three goals in three games, it was announced Monday that head coach Peter Laviolette has been relieved of his duties.  Laviolette replaced John Stevens on December 4th 2009, and has coached the Flyers for a total of 272 games, compiling a 145-98-29 record, which included a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.  Hardly a sub par performance overall, yet Flyers general manager felt that a change needed to be made, and felt something was amiss especially with a 1-5-1 preseason record.

Former Flyer tough guy Craig Berube has been named as Laviolette’s successor, and becomes the 11th head coach of the Flyers in the past 20 seasons, and the 18th in Flyers history.  Berube has served as an assistant to Laviolette and has been with the Flyers as an assistant for the past seven seasons.  From everything that I’ve read, appears to be a coach that the players really enjoy playing for.  General manager Paul Holmgren felt that the chance was necessary based on some things that he saw last season, which apparently have carried over to this season.  The Laviolette firing is the quickest of any NHL coach, and indicates that the Flyers are very serious about turning their fortunes around.  Holmgren made the following statement which led to his decision:

“ We don’t look like a team at all and it felt like a gut feeling idea to make this decision.  I made the decision last night on a plane before we came down from Carolina and here we are today”.

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Jonathan Quick’s Unfortunate Luck

Coming off of his worst season as a starting goal-tender for the Los Angeles Kings with a meager .902 save percentage, Jonathan Quick looks ahead to the 2013-2014 season to redeem himself as one of the NHL’s elite net-minders. With 2 games currently under his belt and a .893 save percentage, Quick looked to make a lasting impression tonight against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. With the Rangers already up 2-1 in tonight’s East vs. West battle, the Rangers were called for a penalty in the beginning of the 3rd period, which would put the Kings on the power-play in the Rangers zone. Unfortunately for Quick, as the Rangers cleared the puck out of their own zone, Quick came out of net to play the puck, and this unfortunate event took place….Really unfortunate. But in Jonathan Quick fashion, he held his head high and got back into the game and made some outstanding saves. Rangers went on to win the game 3-1.

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