Stat Line Of The Night — 3/11/12 — Jose Theodore
It has been well over a decade since Miami last hosted an NHL playoff game, as the Florida Panthers have not qualified for the post-season since the 1999-2000 season. They are hoping to break that streak of futility this season, and they moved one step closer to doing just that yesterday, thanks in large part to the performance of their goaltender, Jose Theodore.
The Panthers entered their clash against the Carolina Hurricanes having won each of their previous three meetings on the season, and they continued their dominance over their Southeast Division foes, as Theodore stopped all 34 shots he faced en route to the 2-0 victory.
Theodore has quietly put together a solid 2.41 goals against average and a .920 save percentage this season, making this his best statistical season since 2001-02, when he won the Vezina and Hart trophy. He won’t be winning any hardware at the NHL awards ceremony this season, but he does have his team in a playoff position for the first time in over a decade, and he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, March 11, 2012.