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Between The Pipes

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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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