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Clemmensen To Start Game 6?

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

Goaltender Jose Theodore (left) missed morning skate leading many to believe that Scott Clemmensen will get the Game 6 start although head coach Kevin Dineen won't rule out Theodore.

As the Panthers prepared for Game 6 in New Jersey, one key part was missing from the morning skate.

Shutting out the Devils in Game 5 to give the Panthers 3-2 series lead, netminder Jose Theodore was missing between one of the two nets for morning skate. Florida called up Jacob Markstrom from San Antonio as a precaution for tonight's big game as Theodore might not be able to suit up.

"Right now (it's) no different than Tomas Fleischmann that's taken off every morning skate. We decided to give Theo the morning off and see where he's at tonight," said head coach Kevin Dineen following morning skate. "He's a little bit tender right now so we'll evaluate as the day moves on to see if he's ready to play or not."

"He's a big part of our team and he's a big piece of where we've gotten today," said defenseman Brian Campbell on Theodore. "We'll see what happens. Hopefully he can go tonight and play but if not, we know we have great goaltending with Scott here."

For Clemmensen, the netminder is excited about the possibility of getting back into the game, having won Game 3 prior to taking the loss in Game 4 of the Series. Having played recently, Clemmensen will be ready and feels there won't be any rust if called upon.

"It's not like I've been on the bench for three weeks," said Clemmensen. I've been playing pretty regularly through the course of the end of the season and the playoffs here. My game is still right there. I don't anticipate there being any rust from the beginning that you have when you stretches without playing games.

"As he should," said Dineen of Clemmensen's excitement for possibly getting back in there. "He's played a couple of games in the series and he's done a good job for us.

"It's no different than what we done up front. We made a few adjustments. We're going to need the whole organization to help us win the series."

That win, which the Panthers hope to get in New Jersey, will be the hardest one of the series. With a Devils team looking to stave off elimination and force a Game 7.

"Playing every other day in this series. Obviously it was good for us to get that third win at home coming into tonight's game," said Clemmensen. "But as it is, I still have to win one more and it's not going to be easy."

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