For the biggest game of the season, the Florida Panthers chose Scott Clemmensen over Jose Theodore.
The next game is even bigger. So is the Panthers' goaltender dilemma.
Florida hosts its first playoff game in 12 years on Friday night, facing New Jersey in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series. And Panthers coach Kevin Dineen does not plan to divulge his starter in net until that day, giving him plenty of time to weigh his options.
''I'll give it a gut-check,'' Dineen said. ''I haven't talked to my belly yet.''
Theodore started 51 games for the Panthers this season, but the team lost each of his last seven starts - four of those in either overtime games or shootouts. Clemmensen got the nod in the regular-season finale against Carolina on Saturday night and made 35 saves to help Florida clinch the Southeast Division title and home-ice advantage for the first round.
On Monday, as Theodore and Clemmensen sat side-by-side at ...