Rookie Jacob Markstrom was called up from AHL San Antonio and was Theodore's backup against the Penguins.
Dineen said Clemmensen's absence had nothing to do with his surgically repaired right knee and that he could be back skating by Monday. The Panthers are taking Sunday off.
“I want guys to feel 100 percent,'' Dineen said. “If this were later in the season, the decision would be different. I was going back with Theodore [Saturday] and thought an extra day or two off the ice would help Clemmensen more than having him practicing.''
Although Dineen doesn't expect Clemmensen to be out long, he didn't rule out Markstrom starting Monday against the Devils. Markstrom went 2-2-1 with a .944 save percentage and a 2.05 GAA while with the Panthers before being sent to the minors; Markstrom is 2-3-0 (3.60/.879) with the Rampage after posting a win on Friday.
“It's short-term, I just don't know how short term,'' Dineen said of Clemmensen. “Jacob has done a really good job since being up and I like keeping my options. We'll play it from there on Monday.''