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Spencer Knight makes NHL debut; Panthers hope goalie tradition continues

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Florida Panthers goalie Spencer Knight hits the ice for his first NHL practice in March. The 20-year-old from Boston College will make his NHL debut with the Panthers on Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. // Photo courtesy @FlaPanthers

The Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Monday night but the big news to come from the postgame was Joel Quenneville confirming 20-year-old goalie Spencer Knight would make his NHL debut on Tuesday.

Knight, the 13th pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, signed with the Panthers late last month and has been with the team just about every day since.

On Tuesday night, the Panthers will try and keep pace with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes in the race for the top spot in the Central Division standings.

And, yes, they will do so with a rookie goalie who celebrated his 20th birthday by suiting up for his first NHL game Monday night as he backed up Sergei Bobrovsky.

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