SUNRISE, Fla. —
After going with Scott Clemmensen
in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against New Jersey, it appears Florida coach Kevin Dineen
will go back to Jose Theodore
in net for Game 5.
As is his custom, Dineen made no announcement about his starting goalie after the morning skate, but Theodore worked out at the net normally featuring the starter.
Theodore started the first three games, but was pulled only 6:16 into Game 3 after New Jersey quickly took a 3-0 lead.
Clemmensen stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief of Theodore, helping the Panthers rally for a 4-3 victory and earning his first career playoff start in the process.
Dineen said he never has to worry about his goalies’ state of mind when making his decisions.
“They’re always guys that not just this year, it’s in years past, they understand the situation,” Dineen said. “Nothing has to be painted out to them and we expect them to go out and do the job like they have their whole careers.”
Injured defensemen Jason Garrison
and Keaton Ellerby
were among the only three players not taking part in the morning skate. The other was forward Tomas Fleischmann
, but Dineen explained that the Panthers were “trying to save all his energies for the game.”
For the Devils, coach Pete DeBoer indicated his lineup will be the same as it has been for the first four games of the series.
The Devils held an optional skate on Saturday, and five players took to the ice. The group included Ilya Kovalchuk
, backup goalie Johan Hedberg
, and the three healthy scratches — Adam Larsson
, Eric Boulton
and Cam Janssen
Kovalchuk and rookie Adam Henrique
were the only two Devils players who didn’t take part in practice Friday in New Jersey.
Here are the projected lineups for Game 5 between the Devils and Panthers:
- Travis Zajac
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- Dainius Zubrus
- Adam Henrique
- David Clarkson
- Stephen Gionta
- Steve Bernier
- Mark Fayne
- Marek Zidlicky
- Peter Harrold
- Stephen Weiss
- Kris Versteeg
- Marcel Goc
- Mikael Samuelsson
- Jerred Smithson
- Scottie Upshall
- John Madden
- Tomas Kopecky
- Erik Gudbranson
- Mike Weaver
- Tyson Strachan