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Chris Driedger congratulates Spencer Knight after he won his NHL debut earlier this season. Knight and Driedger could be the Panthers’ goalie tandem in Game 5 against the Lightning. // Photo by Roger Topalian, 21st Century Photography (561) 488-0000

Joel Quenneville said he would announce who would start Game 5 in goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning and did not. Still, all signs point to 20-year-old rookie Spencer Knight.

This being the playoffs and all, Quenneville not saying who is in net is not the most surprising thing in the world. The Lightning know everything about Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger but can only watch video of Knight.

Still, based on what we have seen the past two days, it looks like Knight goes.

On Sunday, Knight was in the starter’s net as he was again on Monday morning. You cannot make the assumption he is starting based on that, however; Sunday was a loose practice and Monday was an optional skate.

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What we can safely assume is the goalie tandem will be Knight and Driedger.

On Sunday, both worked the nets while Bobrovsky played “forward” in a full-team goof game.

Monday, Bobrovsky stayed on and did a lot of extra work with the scratch players and then went to the other end to work with Robb Tallas.

If Bobrovsky was starting, he would not be doing this much work on a game day. He probably would not if he was backing up and thinking he could come on in relief, either.

So, we’re thinking Knight starts and Driedger is the backup with Bobrovsky scratched.

Unless there is a mystery goalie within the Panthers organization coming out of retirement…

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Knight is also wearing his new mask.

Looks like the BC Eagle (pictured above) has been retired.

Quenneville said there would be another lineup move and it may just be Keith Yandle back in the lineup after being scratched the past two games.

Florida could go with seven defensemen again, but Markus Nutivaara may just be out. Kevin Connauton and Matt Kiersted, the two d-men who could slide in worked with the scratches Monday.

Now, today’s FHN Daily!

PANTHERS/LIGHTNING LINKS

Game 5 is do-or-die time for the Panthers. Thanks for the newsflash, George. (Florida Hockey Now)

— The Panthers are opening the doors, allowing over 14,000 for tonight’s game. (FHN)

— Please remember to throw your rats after the game. (FHN)

— Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper wasn’t happy with the Panthers nor the officials. He wondered how the game got as chippy as it did. What has he been watching? Or, is this just coaching gamesmanship? Likely. (FHN)

— Kucherov, Sergachev questionable for Game 5? No, they’re playing. (NHL)

— Time for Heat, Panthers stars to get going says Dave Hyde. (Sentinel)

— With second round in sight, Lighting need to keep its cool. (Tampa Bay Times)

AROUND THE NHL

The Boston Bruins are on their way to the second round after taking care of the Capitals in 5. (Boston Hockey Now)

— Boston players said it was an emotional handshake line with former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. (BHN)

— Game 5 is a big one for the Penguins. They do not want to head to the Coliseum down 3-2. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

— The Avs made things look easy in sweep of the Blues. (Colorado Hockey Now)

— Vegas has some scoring depth. We knew that, right? (Vegas Hockey Now)

— A goalie change definitely helped the Isles. (NYI Hockey Now)

— The Oilers got back in their series by taking a 4-1 lead in the third. Wait, what? Jets now in complete control after comeback win Sunday night. (TSN)

— So, what happened to the Oilers anyways? (TSN)

LOCALS ONLY

The Miami Heat is back in action tonight in Milwaukee and know it needs to shoot better than it did in the OT loss in Game 1. Milwaukee didn’t exactly shoot the lights out, either. (Miami Herald)

— The Marlins got another nice start from rookie Cody Poteet, take series from the Metropolitans. (MH)

— Greg Cote has a podcast. He talks about the Panthers. (MH)

— Inter Miami/Fort Lauderdale loses at Solider Field. (MH)

— The Stoneman Douglas Eagles already won a state baseball title now Archbishop McCarthy and North Broward try to do so as well. (Sentinel)

PANTHERS ON DECK

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, ROUND 1

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