The Panthers will face an old friend on Tuesday as Tomas Vokoun makes his fourth start for the Capitals. Vokoun spent four seasons with the Panthers but left after rejecting the team's offer of three seasons worth more than $8 million.
Vokoun signed a one-year deal with the Caps worth $1.5 million and is 3-0 so far.
On Monday, Vokoun told The Washington Post that Tuesday's game wasn't all that special to him since the Panthers have changed so much. Of the 20 players who suited up for Florida's season opener, 14 were not there for the 2010-11 opener in Edmonton.
“It’s not the team I played for,” Vokoun told The Post. “There’s only a few guys left. .-.-. Obviously I wish them the best, except for when we play them. That’s normal.”
-- The Panthers won three of six against Washington in 2010-11, including a 1-0 decision in the season finale.
That was Vokoun's final shutout as a member of the Panthers and Pete DeBoer's final game as coach.
Where, When: Verizon Center, Washington; 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: FSN; WQAM-560
Series: Capitals lead 48-41-9
The game: This is the 99th meeting between the Southeast Division rivals. Former Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun will be in net for the Caps; Jacob Markstrom is expected to get his first NHL start for the Panthers. Defenseman Keaton Ellerby could also see his first game action of the 2011-12 season as well.