Luongo stopped 20 of 22 shots after replacing Al Montoya in Monday's loss to the Kings. Montoya exited the contest early after a collision with Nick Shore, forcing Luongo to be in net for nearly 50 minutes on what was supposed to be a night off. The 36-year-old already sees the large majority of the starts in net, but he'll likely take on an even heavier load if Montoya is forced to miss extended time.
Luongo will start in the blue paint Saturday evening against the visiting Rangers, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Through 15 games, Luongo has a 2.33 GAA and .928 save percentage, the latter of which is ninth best in the NHL. However, he'll reportedly see Henrik Lundqvist stopping pucks on the other end of the ice, so the goal support might be hard to come by for Bobby Lou and the Panthers given that Lundqvist is currently leading the league in wins (10), GAA (10) and save percentage (.946).
Luongo was handed a loss Thursday evening, despite denying 38 of 40 shots against the Ducks. Luongo fared well considering the 40 shots he faced counted as a season-high through 15 games season. In fact, in certain daily formats, the high volume of saves might have overshadowed the points that otherwise would have been there if Luongo had more goal support and won the game.
Luongo will be in goal Thursday night for a home start against the Ducks, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. One might look at the Ducks' goal differential of minus-14 and assume it will be an easy night for Luongo on Thursday, but upon closer review, the Ducks have a 5-3-2 record over their past 10 games and have netted 26 goals in November, good for an average of 2.88 goals per game this month.
Luongo turned aside all 39 shots in Monday's win over the Lightning. It was easily Luongo's best performance of the season, as he withstood every test the Lightning gave him including 15 shots in the final frame en route to his first shutout of the year. He's already gone through a bit of a rocky stretch, but the 36-year-old is now 3-1-0 in his last four starts.
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