Panthers Will Wait To Pick Game 1 Goalie
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen says he does not plan to divulge his starting goaltender for Game 1 of the playoffs against New Jersey before Friday.
Jose Theodore started 51 games for the Panthers this season, but the team lost each of his last seven starts four of those in either overtime games or shootouts. Scott Clemmensen got the nod in the regular-season finale against Carolina and made 35 saves to help Florida clinch the Southeast Division title and home-ice advantage for its first playoff series in 12 years.
Over the last month, Clemmensen's goals-against-average is 1.19 in four starts. Theodore's is 2.27 in 12 starts.
Dineen says it's a difficult decision. The series opens on Friday night.