SUNRISE, Fla. -- After losing three players to injury in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers called up two players up from San Antonio of the American Hockey League for Sunday's rematch at BB&T Center.
Markstrom was pulled from his start for San Antonio on Saturday after Theodore went down with a leg injury 2:22 into the Panthers' game at Carolina. Markstrom is expected to start against the Hurricanes on Sunday.
With Kulikov out, the Panthers will be missing three regular defensemen. The other two are captain Ed Jovanovski (knee) and Mike Weaver (lower body).
Forward Scottie Upshall also left Saturday's game with an injury, and coach Kevin Dineen said he was doubtful for Sunday's game. Upshall was injured in the first period in his first game back after missing the previous 13 because of a lower-body injury.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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