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Injury: Tim Thomas has suffered two lower-body injuries that have forced him to leave games this season. After being forced out of the Oct. 22 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Thomas was placed on injured reserve by the Florida Panthers.
Out: Thomas, 39, went down to make a save in the third period against the Blackhawks and had a difficult time getting up and returning to his normal position. Thomas skated to the bench at the next whistle and was replaced by Jakob Markstrom. It has not been determined when Thomas will return to the lineup.
Strategy: Markstrom is the team's goaltender of the future, and now that Thomas is injured, he is also the goalie of the present. The Panthers recalled Scott Clemmensen from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League to serve as Markstrom's backup.
Impact: The Panthers signed Thomas to a professional tryout contract during training camp, and he made the team and has resumed his career after taking a one-season hiatus. Thomas is having a difficult time staying healthy, however, and the Panthers need him in the lineup if they are going to have a chance to be competitive.