Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas will
be sidelined at for at least a week due to a groin strain he aggravated in the
team's last outing.
Thomas was forced to exit Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago late in the
third period due to the injury. The Panthers placed the former Vezina Trophy
winner on injured reserve Wednesday, meaning he'll be forced to miss at least
the team's next two games.
The 39-year-old previously sustained the same injury three games into his
comeback season, when he strained his groin in an Oct. 8 matchup against
Philadelphia. Thomas sat out the next four games, but had started Florida's
last three contests.
Florida is expected to summon veteran Scott Clemmensen from AHL San Antonio to
serve as the backup to Jacob Markstrom during Thomas' absence.
Thomas has gone 2-3-0 with a 3.11 goals-against average over six starts with
the Panthers, who signed the four-time All-Star just prior to the beginning of
the regular season.
The Sports Network