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Panthers put Theodore back in net to face Devils

Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 1:02 PM

By Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Panthers goalie Jose Theodore will get the chance to quickly atone for his first bad performance of the season.

Coach Kevin Dineen said after the morning skate that Theodore will be back in net Tuesday night when Florida faces the New Jersey Devils.

Theodore was pulled after the second period of Sunday's 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers after allowing six goals on 22 shots. Despite that rough outing, Theodore will go into the New Jersey game with an 11-6-3 record with a 2.39 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

Sunday marked the first time this season that Theodore was pulled for ineffectiveness. He was replaced after the second period of an Oct. 22 game against the New York Islanders because a lower-body injury.

Theodore was in the net against New Jersey on Nov. 21 when the Panthers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3.

"He's the right guy for the job," Dineen said. "He's played extremely well for us and he's given us a chance to win every night. He threw a stinker at us, like the rest of the crew, the other night. Now, you rebound and you come back and that's what's great about having people that have great experience. They move on and get ready for the next one."

The Panthers will face the Devils without the services of rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who suffered a charley horse in the Rangers game.

That came after Gudbranson scored his first NHL goal.

Here are the projected lines for tonight's game:

DEVILS

Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Eric Boulton - Ryan Carter - David Clarkson
Mattias Tedenby - Tim Sestito - Cam Janssen

Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Kurtis Foster
Alexander Urbom - Adam Larsson

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg

PANTHERS
Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg
Marco Sturm - Tomas Kopecky - Mikael Samuelsson
Sean Bergenheim - Shawn Matthias - Jack Skille
Krystofer Barch - Mike Santorelli - Matt Bradley

Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Ed Jovanovski - Keaton Ellerby

Jose Theodore
Scott Clemmensen

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1