Washington Capitals 17-12-2, 36 points (2nd in Metro) at Florida Panthers 10-17-5, 25 points (7th in Atlantic)
The Florida Panthers take on the visiting Washington Capitals tonight at 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center. The Panthers are off to a 3-2 start to December but they face a Caps team that has won five of their last six games. Here are five things to keep an eye on in tonight’s game:
1) Scott Clemmensen Gets The Start
In case you missed it, Tim Thomas left Thursday’s practice with a lower body injury. He is currently day-to-day and the Panthers do not expect him to miss too much time. Jacob Markstrom was called up yesterday to fill out the Panthers roster but tonight it will be 36-year-old veteran Scott Clemmensen who gets the start for the Panthers.
Clemmer has only played in five games for the Panthers so far this season compiling a record of 0-2-1 to go along with a 3.89 GAA and a .857 Sv%. His last start came on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks where he allowed six goals on 32 shots in the Panthers 6-2 loss. Clemmensen’s best game of the season was a 3-2 overtime loss against the Capitals on November 2nd, the only other meeting between these teams so far. Clemmensen stopped 21 of 23 shots in the losing effort.
Clemmensen is 4-7-3 in 21 career games against Washington. He has a career 3.77 GAA and a .861 Sv%.