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Holding Steady

Tomas_2 Tomas Vokoun will be back in net tonight when the Panthers play host to the Lightning. Tampa Bay may be struggling, but JM is taking no chances and is rolling out his main man once more.

Not really a surprise when you think about it. As I wrote today Pony Rides JM loves playing his goalies.

Think about it: In 2005-06, Roberto Luongo sets franchise record with 22 straight starts. In 2006-07, despite a wonky back, Ed Belfour surpasses Luongo and plays in 27 straight.

Tonight, Vokoun -- apparently healthy and feeling fine out there -- gets his eighth consecutive start. Give Vokoun Tuesday off, and he plays Wednesday in Tampa. Rest him Thursday, he goes Friday against Atlanta then next Monday against Carolina. Have to figure at that point Craig Anderson comes back into the picture, starting the following night against the Thrash.

But who knows. Twenty-eight straight games could be in the cards.

-- Hate to spoil the party, but Murf the Surf who was once a Smurf is Florida's Defensive Player of the Month. Will be honored before tonight's game.