Reporting Tim Kephart
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MONTREAL (CBSMiami) – The Florida Panthers don’t have any time to lick their wounds after getting destroyed by the Ottawa Senators Monday night. The Cats have traveled to Montreal for their third game in four days Tuesday night.
Monday night, the Panthers failed create much of anything offensively and spent most of the game defending their zone. The Senators jumped to a 2-0 lead over the Panthers and by the third period opened up the game to finish off a shutout 4-0.
Florida goalie Jose Theodore played an average game even though the Panthers were doing nothing to help him on the offensive end. Theodore stopped 21-24 shots at even strength and 7-8 shots on the power play.
Theordore was doing that as Florida had just four shots on goal in the first period. The Panthers did a little better in the second and third periods getting a combined 27 shots on goal.
The Panthers also didn’t help Theodore after giving up twice as many power plays as the Senators had in the game Monday night.
Nevertheless, Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said he will go with backup goalie Scott Clemmensen against the Canadiens Tuesday night. It may pay off well for Dineen. Clemmensen is 6-0-0 all-time against Montreal and has a 1.68 goals against average against the Candiens.
The Canadiens come into the game rested after a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal was largely powerless against the Maple Leafs, struggling to get their offense going through most of the game.
Something will have to give Tuesday night in Montreal. The Panthers and Canadiens will drop the puck at 7:30 p.m.
After the Canadiens game, Florida gets Wednesday off before playing the Ottawa Senators at home on Thursday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Both home games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center.