Luongo turned aside 35 of 37 shots during Thursday's 3-2 comeback win over the Capitals.
It was an emotional night for Luongo who addressed the crowd before the opening faceoff in reaction to the shooting at the nearby Stoneman Douglas high school last week. The 38-year-old netminder was outstanding in his third game back from a lower-body injury that caused him to miss 27 games. If the Cats are to claw their way back into playoff contention, they will need more outings like this, so get him back in your lineups as he should be finished shaking the rust off in short order with his third-straight game stopping at least 30 shots.
Luongo will attempt to protect the home net from the Capitals on Thursday, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
It's strange to see a team led by Alex Ovechkin ranking dead last in shots on goal, but that metric is a bit skewed when you consider that the Capitals average 3.07 goals per contest -- ninth in the NHL. Luongo should be eager to get back into the win column after suffering a tough-luck loss in Toronto on Tuesday, when he set aside 30 of 31 shots.
Luongo saved 30 of 31 shots during Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Toronto.
The veteran made a number of impressive saves, as Toronto registered 11 high-danger scoring chances and only scored on one. Additionally, after missing 27 games with a lower-body injury, Luongo looked spry and confident. It's worth noting that Florida hosts Washington, Pittsburgh and Toronto in its next three games, so it's not a great upcoming schedule.
Luongo will be between the pipes against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Luongo will be making just his second appearance in net since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for 27 games. With the Panthers chasing a wild-card spot, fantasy owners can likely expect the 38-year-old to see the bulk of the starts moving forward. Toronto is scoring at a 3.26 goal per game rate and will look to get one in on Luongo early.
Luongo returned from a groin injury and prevailed over the Flames on the road Saturday, halting 30 of 33 shots en route to a 6-3 win.
This was the veteran goalie's first appearance since Dec. 4. "Still not quite as sharp as I want to be, but for the first game back I thought it was pretty good," Luongo said in a report by the Associated Press. Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton managed to record his first career hat trick against Luongo, but that was the extent of the damage, and the Panthers now have wins in seven of their last eight games. It wouldn't surprise us if James Reimer received the starting nod Sunday for the latter half of the back-to-back set, but it'll be worth checking back to be sure that's the case.