Remember how bad Jose Theodore looked during the Panthers preseason? Seems like a long, long time ago.

Theodore has been terrific during the regular season and put many questions following a shaky training camp to rest after shutting out the Islanders 2-0 in the season opener.

"We're well beyond how stinky he was in training camp,'' coach Kevin Dineen said. "Part of the advantage he had was he was a veteran, and I was able to believe in him. Give him the benefit, believe in the rèsumè that he could go out and do it. Since the beginning of the year, [he has] given us a chance to win every night.''