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The Panthers stuck with starting goalie Alex Auld Friday, with Jacques Martin saying a decision
would be made on who starts tonight later. Ed Belfour hasn't gotten a start since last
Saturday's loss in Atlanta.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, rolled out backup Johan Holmqvist to face the host Panthers. It
Holmqvist's first start of the season and only the fourth of his NHL career. Marc Denis
starts tonight for the Lightning.
"He's done a really nice job here," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "I'm
really anxious to see him play in a game. We think he has the tools, we definitely know he
has the work habit. It's just a matter of him getting through and getting used to an NHL
Friday was Florida's second straight game against a team's backup goalie, with Carolina
playing John Grahame on Wednesday instead of Cam Ward. Incidentally, Grahame played in
Tampa Bay last year where he continually drew the ire of Tortorella. Which is why he is now in Carolina in the first place.