The Florida Panthers placed 39-year-old goaltender Tim Thomas on injured reserve and he will miss weekend games against the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Kevin Dineen said Wednesday.
Thomas left the Panthers' 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night with less than three minutes to play in regulation because of a groin injury, which has lingered during the first month of the season.
Thomas had returned form the injury on Oct. 17 to play in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, his former team.
Before the latest setback, Thomas was playing well. In his last three games, he has saved 92 of 98 shots, including 30 of 31 in a shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.
For the season, Thomas has a 3.11 goals-against average with a .905 save percentage. Those numbers are inflated by two games in which he gave up five goals on 28 shots prior to the groin injury.
There is a chance that Thomas could return by Nov. 1 for a game against the St. Louis Blues. After their two games this weekend, the Panthers are off until then.