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BryanalleenIf last night wasn't bad enough, it looks like Bryan Allen could be out a little bit longer. Or a lot longer. Will know more after he gets his knee looked at again.

Allen watched today's practice from the bench wearing shorts, sandals and a Panthers sweatshirt. He told me the knee has been swollen for a while and something has to be done. He doesn't know what, but it sounds like more surgery could be neccesary. And that's not good.

Allen says the knee has to be fixed one way or another, and he didn't sound all that optimistic. "We keep messing around with it,'' he said. "Quick fixes haven't worked.''

-- Pete DeBoer says Tomas Vokoun starts for the fourth straight game tomorrow despite Craig Anderson's obvious success against the Isles last year. Of course, TV was 2-0 against the Isles last year too, and he also shutout the Isles. This is what you call a vote of confidence.

And PDeB says he doesn't buy into the notion that some goalies are just slow starters. Says that becomes a mental crutch.

-- Word out of Isles camp is that Rick DiPietro makes his first start of the season tomorrow. Rumors persist that DiPietro is having trouble with his surgically repaired knee although the Isles deny any such thing.