Luongo surrendered five goals on 26 shots in the Panthers 5-4 loss to the Islanders in Game 1 last night. Strangely, the Panthers and Islanders have a back-to-back to start the postseason, but Luongo will go again tonight, hoping to tie the series up at 1-1. John Tavares took over last night’s game and Bobby Lu was beat with regularity, but expect a much better effort tonight.
Luongo won his final three starts of the regular season and had a great year for a 37-year-old netminder. The veteran went 35-19-6 with a 2.35 GAA and .922 SV% in 60 starts and tonight he makes his first playoff start with the Panthers. He was 2-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .931 SV% in three starts vs. the Islanders this season—he has gone 32-31 with a 2.54 GAA, .916 SV% and five shutouts in 62 career playoff starts.
Luongo allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Panthers win over the Canadiens on Saturday. Luongo and Al Montoya are set to split the Panthers remaining games—Montoya started last night in Toronto, so Luongo will go tonight in Montreal. He has won three of his last four and is 2-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .931 SV% vs. the Canadiens this season.
Luongo allowed two goals on 35 shots in the Panthers win in Tampa Bay on Saturday. Luongo has won three of his last four starts with a 2.00 GAA and .939 SV%. He has played well recently and tonight he takes on a Maple Leafs team on the tail-end of a back-to-back—he is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .964 SV% in his first two starts vs. Toronto.
Luongo made 34 saves on 35 shots in the Panthers 4-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday. Luongo has won four of his last six starts while posting a 2.47 GAA and .916 SV%. Tonight he will make his fifth start of the season vs. Tampa Bay—he has gone 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA and .942 SV% in the four previous meetings. Be aware that Tampa has won three in a row while averaging 5.00 goals per game.
Luongo allowed four goals on 29 shots in the Panthers loss to the Red Wings on Saturday. Al Montoya started on Monday, so it is no surprise to see Luongo back in goal tonight in Boston. The Bruins are on the tail-end of a back-to-back, but Luongo has struggled in March, going 4-3-0 with a 3.12 GAA and .894 SV% and is winless (0-2-0) with a 3.97 GAA and .871 SV% in his first two starts against Boston.
Luongo allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Panthers loss in Brooklyn on Monday. Al Montoya started on Tuesday, so the Panthers will go back to Luongo tonight in Toronto. Luongo is 3-2-0 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 SV% in March and has gone 10-10-4 with a 2.35 GAA and .921 SV% on the road this season. Luongo stopped 22 of 23 in a 5-1 win in his first start vs. Toronto.
Luongo allowed four goals on 26 shots, but walked away on the right side of a 5-4 shootout final against the Flyers on Saturday. Tonight, Luongo will make his fourth consecutive start—he has gone 2-1-0 with a 4.14 GAA and .857 SV% in his previous three outings. Luongo has gone 2-0-0 with a 1.44 GAA and .949 SV% vs. the Islanders this season.
Luongo allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Panthers win over the Senators. The win snapped a two-game losing skid for Luongo, who will be making his third start vs. the Flyers this season. Bobby Lu has gone 1-1-0 with a 1.01 GAA and .972 SV% in the first two meetings. Luongo has gone 18-7-2 on home ice this season.