The long-projected future goalie of the Panthers, Jacob Markstrom, 23, continues to be maddeningly inconsistent, and will most likely head back to the minors when Thomas returns to the lineup against Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.
Markstrom is 1-5-3 with a 3.36 GAA and .877 SV% in eight starts this season. In 37 careers starts (42 appearances) Markstrom is 11-24-5 with a 3.16 GAA and .899 SV%.
Markstrom gave up four goals on 23 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Blues on Friday. He has now lost each of his last five starts and has seen his GAA climb to 3.29 while his SV% is down to .881. Markstrom could get back into the win column tonight vs. a struggling Oilers team.
Markstrom stopped 25 of 28 shots that the Lighting threw at him on Sunday. He has just one win in nine appearances with a 3.19 GAA and .887 SV% - numbers that don't warrant starting him vs. a really good Blues team.
Markstrom allowed two goals on 20 shots in a loss to Buffalo on Friday. He was out-duelled by Jhonas Enroth, and has not registered a win since October 11th. He has a tough matchup today vs. Tampa Bay.
Markstrom will start his first game since October 15th, when he allowed four goals on 30 shots in a losing effort vs. Nashville. The last time Tim Thomas went down with an injury, Markstrom didn’t play great, but he has a solid matchup vs. Buffalo tonight – He is risky, but it could work out.
Markstrom allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Kings on Sunday. After a great performance in relief of Tim Thomas, Markstrom has struggled. In three starts since becoming the starter, he has one win with a 3.25 GAA and .897 SV%.
Markstrom takes the ice first so he gets the start.
Markstrom allowed six goals on 24 shots in a 7-2 loss to the Lightning. Steven Stamkos scored a hattrick and things won't get any easier tonight. He faces Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Look elsewhere for your starter tonight.
After Tim Thomas left yesterday's contest with a groin injury, Markstrom came in and was excellent in relief. He turned aside all 25 shots he faced, but the Panthers could only get one passed Steve Mason. He will be the starter as long as Thomas is out, but the injury is not expected to be long term.
Markstrom allowed four goals on 17 shots in a blowout loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday. He will face his Florida counterparts for the third time this season. He is 1-1-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .907 SV% vs. the Lightning this season.
Jacob Markstrom starts Panthers final home game tonight vs Leafs.
Markstrom played great stopping 36 of 38 shots in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday. He had lost six straight while giving up 25 goals prior to Tuesday's contest. He'll face a solid Leafs team tonight, look elsewhere.