Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
Veteran netminder Tomas Vokoun gets the nod to start between the pipes when the Panthers take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday.
For Vokoun, this will be his first start of 2009 as Craig Anderson has started the last two games. The Panthers have picked up three of a possible four points in those two games. They beat Pittsburgh 6-1 on Saturday and came back from two goals down to earn a point in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal on Sunday.
Vokoun looks to rebound off his last start in which he was pulled after two periods after allowing three goals in a 4-2 defeat to the New York Islanders on New Year’s Eve. It’s a good opportunity to improve on his 8-12-1 record this season and is 3-1-2 lifetime against the Leafs while allowing just 11 games in those six games and has a 1.81 GAA and a .935 save percentage.
Another Panther that should be excited to play the Maple Leafs is defenseman Bryan McCabe who spent seven years with the club before the Panthers acquired him in September 2nd, 2008. McCabe has been strong for the Panthers this season to date. He has seven goals while adding 11 helpers in 29 games.
The Panthers return to the BankAtlantic Center later this week for two critical games against Southeast Division rivals. They play host to Carolina on Thursday, January 8 and Atlanta on Saturday afternoon, January 10 as part of Kids Day presented by Dr. Kawa.