SUNRISE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – The biggest storyline heading into Tuesday night’s Game 6 between the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils was the health of Florida goalie Jose Theodore.

Now that the Cats have a Game 7 to play against the Devils, Theodore is making it known that he wants to be between the pipes when the Panthers look to eliminate the Devils on Thursday in Sunrise.

Theodore’s injury hasn’t been disclosed by the team, but he did an on-ice workout Wednesday and said he is hoping to play in Game 7. Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said it was encouraging that Theodore was able to be on the ice.

In Game 6, it wasn’t backup goalie Scott Clemmensen’s fault the Panthers came up short. He stopped 39 of 42 shots. The problem was the Panthers couldn’t keep the Devils out of the Florida zone and New Jersey made the Panthers play.

No decision was made on whether Clemmensen would again get the start or whether Theodore would start and a decision won’t be made until after the Panthers complete their morning skate Thursday.

New Jersey coaches said their preparation for Game 7 will be the same whether Theodore or Clemmensen was in the opposing net.

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