Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/26/12

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 06: Jose Theodore #60 of the Washington Capitals stretches prior to the Caps game against the Phildelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on October 6, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Theodore is expected be the Florida Panthers' starting goalie against New Jersey in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Thursday night. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen made the announcement after Florida's morning skate, saying Theodore "deserves the start if he can go." Theodore missed Game 6 on Tuesday with an unspecified injury, after shutting out the Devils in Game 5. Theodore was able to go through an on-ice workout Wednesday, saying afterward that his condition was improving. Theodore is 2-1 with a 2.60 goals-against average so far in the series against the Devils, stopping 92 percent the shots he's faced. It's only the second Game 7 in Panthers history. Florida won at Pittsburgh to wrap up the 1996 East finals.
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