Pirri (healthy scratch) will return to the Panthers lineup on Thursday.
Pirri was a healthy scratch in the last four games, but he will return on the Panthers’ third line tonight vs. the Red Wings. Pirri has 21 points (9G / 12A) in 46 games this season, but has not scored since January 5th.
Luongo stopped 22 of 23 in a win over the Maple Leafs before the All-Star break. Luongo got a break on Tuesday after participating in the All-Star game over the weekend. Luongo has won each of his last three starts while posting a 1.00 GAA, .967 SV% and one shutout. He’s been red-hot and he catches a break tonight with the Red Wings coming in on a back-to-back.
Montoya allowed four goals on 24 shots in the Panthers loss to the Oilers on January 18th. With Roberto Luongo playing in the All-Star game, the Panthers will give him Tuesday night off in Washington. Montoya has lost two in a row while allowing six goals on 45 shots (.867 SV%), but has gone 1-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and .938 SV% vs. the Capitals this season.
Pirri will be a healthy scratch for a third straight game.
Pirri will be a healthy scratch once again on Tuesday. The Panthers are reportedly listening to offers on Pirri, but not actively shopping him. The Panthers have won the last two games, so there really is no reason to change their lineup.
The Panthers have signed Aleksander Barkov to a six-year, $35.4M contract extension.
Barkov, 20, was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has collected 30 points (12G / 18A) in 38 games this season. In his first three NHL seasons, Barkov has 90 points (36G / 54A) in 163 career games.
Luongo allowed two goals on 40 shots in the Panthers win over the Lightning on Saturday. Luongo responded to a three-game losing streak with back-to-back wins and will start again tonight vs. the Maple Leafs. He has yet to face Toronto this season, but he comes in at 5-2-1 with a 1.90 GAA and .943 SV% in January.
Luongo stopped all 27 shots that he faced in the Panthers’ 4-0 shutout loss to the Blackhawks last night. Florida usually starts Al Montoya in the second game of back-to-backs, but they will go back to Luongo tonight vs. the Lightning. Bobby Lu has gone 2-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .939 SV% in his first three starts against the Lightning the season.
Luongo allowed two goals on 31 shots in the Panthers loss in Tampa Bay on Sunday. Al Montoya started on Monday, so Luongo will go tonight vs. the Blackhawks. Luongo has lost three in a row and is now 3-2-1 with a 2.24 GAA and .933 SV% in January. The Blackhawks winning streak was snapped at 12 last night, but there are much better matchups out there tonight.
Ekblad (concussion) is expected to return to the Panthers lineup on Friday.
Ekblad has missed the last four games with a concussion he suffered on a hit from Matt Hendricks on January 10th. Ekblad is expected to play vs. the Blackhawks, but Willie Mitchell will not play due to an undisclosed injury. Ekblad has 19 points (9G / 10) and a plus-17 rating in 42 games this season.
Montoya allowed two goals on 21 shots in the Panthers loss in Calgary on Wednesday. After an extended winning streak, the Panthers have now dropped three straight and will try to stop the skid on a back-to-back vs. Edmonton. Montoya faced the Oilers just over a week ago—he stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 2-1 win.