Luongo left the team to tend to a death in his family and his return date is unclear, George Richards of The Athletic reports. As a result, James Reimer will start in goal Sunday versus the Canadiens while Samuel Montembeault was called up from AHL Springfield to serve as the backup. The veteran netminder's next chance to play will be Tuesday versus the Sabres, but taking an extended leave wouldn't be unusual.
Luongo stopped 16 of 18 shots in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Stars. The final Dallas goal was scored into an empty net. Luongo is having the worst statistical season of his career, but the veteran netminder has turned things around a little lately, posting a 2.64 GAA and .901 save percentage over his last nine outings, albeit with a mediocre 4-4-0 record.
Luongo will start in goal for Tuesday's game against the visiting Stars, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. The 39-year-old has seemed to round into form in his last five starts, racking up a 4-1 record to go along with a 2.36 GAA and .912 save percentage. Luongo will have a chance to stymie a low-scoring Stars offense that ranks 29th in the league in goals per game (2.58). With fellow goaltender James Reimer getting the hook from Sunday's game, Luongo could have a chance to provide a gap between him and Reimer with stellar play.
Luongo was called on to play the third period in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Lightning, allowing two power-play goals while stopping nine other shots. One of the goals came on a 5-on-3 power play against the Panthers. Luongo didn't get a full night off, after James Reimer gave up three goals on 12 shots in the first two periods. He'll likely be back between the pipes Tuesday when the Panthers return to action.
Luongo turned aside 26 of 30 shots faced during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals to win his 1000th NHL start. Luongo picks up his third win over the last four starts despite a shaky performance in DC. The 39-year-old netminder sports a 3.03 GAA and .897 save percentage behind a 12-12-2 record and remains a risky fantasy play in spite of the recent improvements to his win total.
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