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Vokoun Out

TomasTORONTO -- Goalie Tomas Vokoun will miss at least Thursday's start against the Maple Leafs with a sprained right ankle suffered in Tuesday's win at Montreal.

Vokoun says it's nothing to worry about, and that he should be back by Friday's practice in Ottawa.

"I twisted my ankle a little. It's a mild sprain,'' he said. "It was pretty sore yesterday and it's way better today. I hope to skate tomorrow and be back Saturday.''

Also: "It's always disappointing when you can't play. I haven't skated, so I don't know how it's going to feel doing the stuff I need to do on the ice. You don't want to go out there and make it worse. Instead of missing two days, you can miss two weeks. This is what the trainers want me to do. As a player you want to play no matter what, but it's good to take their advice. If it means missing one game, don't take the chance. The ankle isn't as strong as it should be and it could get worse.''

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-- Craig Anderson starts tonight, his second start of the season. Says JM told him he was going to start after Wednesday's practice.

"Anytime you know in advance, you can do the extra steps to get ready,'' Anderson said. "Confidence is a funny thing. It comes and goes. You just try to stay even. Don't want to get too high, don't want to get too low if you have a bad game.''

-- David Shantz gets an opportunity to get his name on an NHL scoresheet for the first time, called up from Rochester to be the backup. He's not expecting to play tonight, and not expected to be up for long. That doesn't mean it's not a thrill for him. Shantz came up direct from Manitoba; he was the loser in a 7-1 decision last night, but says his time in Rochester -- aside from last night, of course -- has been beneficial.

"Last night we played in Manitoba, and it wasn't the greatest game, but then I got the word to come up here,'' said Shantz, a second-year pro who played in Estero for the Everblades last season. "I'm pretty excited. This is an opportunity. You put in so much work on the ice and off the ice for a chance like this. It's an opportunity for the organization to know what kind of a goaltender I am. I have to savor every moment.''

He later added the jump from ECHL to AHL was substantial, but his adjustment was OK. "It's a difference in style of play,'' he said.