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Between The Pipes

Saturday, 10.18.2008 / 12:54 PM ET / Preview
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Between The Pipes
Panthers Goaltender Tomas Vokoun (AP Photo/Jon Way)
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com

All-Star Tomas Vokoun will be back in goal this evening when the Panthers play host at BankAtlantic Center to the Islanders.

“He’s our guy,” said coach Peter DeBoer after Saturday’s morning skate of Vokoun. “I’m sure he’ll be ready.”

Vokoun was replaced by Craig Anderson for the third period of Thursday’s 6-2 loss. But DeBoer made it clear that Vokoun wasn’t the reason for the setback.

“You just can’t pin that on him,” DeBoer said. “We have some breakdowns. We had a good first period, got down 2-0, and didn’t handle that adversity as a group, and (Vokoun) was one of those guys that was part of the group that didn’t handle it well.”

As far as sitting him for the third period, DeBoer said; “At that point in the game, Anderson hadn’t played yet and we wanted to give him some minutes and give (Vokoun) a rest and get him ready for tonight.”

DeBoer said the team met to discuss Thursday’s loss and “it’s important to learn from it and move on.”

“If you start dwelling on bad periods, bad games, this early in the year it snowballs. I think everyone knows what went right and what went wrong last game and I think we’ll be ready tonight.”

 

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DeBoer said he’ll dress the same lineup as Thursday, with Wade Belak and Kamil Kreps in the lineup and Anthony Stewart and Michael Frolik sitting out.

Although Frolik and Stewart have played only one game each, DeBoer said that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t become regulars in the lineup.

“From a coaching perspective it should create some desperation with our forwards,” DeBoer said. “We’re giving the veterans some opportunity early, we’re three, four games into the season. Guys have to produce. Other guys are looking to jump into the lineup and Michael and Stewy are capable I know to jump in and give us some energy.”

On whether it would be a greater benefit for Frolik to play each night in the American Hockey League, DeBoer mused; “I think it’s too early to say he’s not going to play.”

“If we get to the quarter mark of the season and he’s not playing then, obviously, you start to weigh whether it’s detrimental to his development,” he added. “But this early, he’s learning about the NHL. He’s learning what it takes, he’s on the ice every day with NHL players, and I think it’s beneficial.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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