The Florida Panthers took another injury hit to their goaltending stable as the team announced they are now without Chris Driedger for several weeks. He suffered a groin injury during the first period of Thursday’s game against Los Angeles.
Driedger was one of the team’s last cuts in training camp, losing out to youngster Sam Montembeault, but with both Bobrovsky and Montembeault struggling early on in the season, the Panthers brought in Driedger in late November in hopes he might stabilize the team. The 25-year-old began the season with a shutout and has posted impressive numbers, including a 5-2 record, a 2.35 GAA and a .935 save percentage through nine games.
The Panthers may have caught a break in the timing of the injury as the team announced that Sergei Bobrovsky, who has missed much of January with an upper-body injury, is expected to return Saturday. That could help as well as the upcoming all-star and bye-week break that Florida has coming up, which could give Driedger some much-needed rest without losing game-time.