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Panthers send Chris Driedger to Springfield on conditioning loan

Cats number two goalie on the mend

NHL: JAN 16 Kings at Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Florida Panthers have assigned goaltender Chris Driedger to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, on a conditioning loan.

Driedger, who began practicing recently. has missed 17 games with an lower-body injury.

The 25-year-old has appeared in nine games with Florida this season, registering a 5-2-0 record, a .932 save percentage, 2.35 goals against average and one shutout, which came in a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators on November 30.

He has played in 14 games with the Thunderbirds, compiling a 6-8-0 record, a .938 save percentage and 2.09 goals against average. His save percentage was tops in the AHL when he was originally recalled.