Kopecky (elbow) appears to be ready to return to the Panthers lineup tonight.
Kopecky has been skating lately, but was sating on a regular line with Tomas Fleischmann and Marcel Goc this morning, a good sign he is in. Kopecky missed the last five games after suffering an elbow injury in the first period of the November 21st clash with the Oilers.
Coming off of a 41-save performance the 39-year-old Thomas will get his 13th straight start tonight.
Thomas has lost three straight games and allowed four goals in all three of those contests. It has been a tough stretch of home games for the veteran netminder, but he will look to get back on track tonight, in his first start of the season vs. the Jets.
Kulikov will be a healthy scratch tonight; Mike Mottau in.
The 2009 14th overall pick has struggled offensively this season posting one goal and two assists with a minus-9 rating in 27 games. Panthers head coach Peter Horachek says Kulikov "needs to be accountable". Kuli is disappointed does not think he was playing bad enough to be kicked out of lineup.
Tim Thomas is off first, he will get 12th straight start tonight.
Thomas was yanked on Saturday after giving up four goals on 13 shots in the first two periods. Thomas is not an ideal fantasy option because of the team he has in front off him. Saturday's game capped off a 4-6-1, 2.79 GAA and .903 SV% November. He is a risky play vs. the Senators tonight.
Thomas gave up four goals on 21 shots in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. It was a tough outing for the veteran netminder who has now allowed at least three goals in six of his last 10 starts. Tonight he faces the always dangerous Penguins, a matchup you should stay away from.
Thomas stopped 38 of 39 shots in a win over the Flyers on Monday. Thomas was at his best on Monday night and willed the Panthers to victory. He goes again tonight against the Rangers. In his first start vs. New York he allowed four goals on 29 shots in a losing effort.
The Panthers placed Kopeck (wrist) on IR on Monday.
Kopecky was injured in the first period of last Thursday's game vs. the Oilers. Kopecky was not expected to miss more than a couple of days, but his placement on IR means he will miss at least a week. He is eligible to return on Saturday, but monitor his status prior to puck-drop. Kopecky has two goals and two assists in 23 games.
Thomas stopped 21 of 24 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Flames on Friday. Tonight will be his ninth straight start, he is 3-4-1 with a 2.59 GAA and .911 SV% his previous eight starts. He will face a Flyers team who scored two goals on five shots on Thomas before he got hurt on October 8.
The Panthers have recalled Dylan Olsen from San Antonio (AHL).
Olsen was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in the Kris Versteeg trade. He had eight assists in 16 games with Chicago's AHL affiliate (Rockford), since coming to San Antonio he has one goal and a minus-1 rating in three games.
The Panthers have placed Mike Weaver (illness) on IR.
Weaver has been battling and undisclosed illness for the last week and it will keep him out in the near future as well. In the mean time the recently acquired Dylan Olsen has been recalled from San Antonio.
Thomas gave up three goals on 34 shots in a loss to the Oilers last night. He gets the nod in both games of the back-to-back when the Panthers take on the Flames tonight. The Flames actually rank 15th in the NHL in scoring, but Thomas could make for an OK start.
Thomas allowed two goals on 29 shots in a big shootout win over the Canucks on Tuesday. It was Thomas' second straight win and third in his last four starts. He gets the nod tonight against a skilled Oilers team who put up seven against Columbus on Tuesday.
Weaver was expected to dress tonight after sitting out on Saturday, but he will sit out once again while Matt Gilroy suits up. Weaver is not a realistic fantasy consideration, he has one assist and a minus-9 rating in 20 games.