Luongo allowed two goals on 23 shots after coming in for an injured Al Montoya on Wednesday. The Panthers have lost three in a row behind Luongo’s .904 SV%. Overall, Luongo is 6-8-3 on the season and tonight he will face the Islanders at home, where he is 5-5-1 with a 2.34 GAA and .927 SV% this season.
Montoya (upper-body) left Monday’s game and did not return.
Montoya was hit in the head by Nick Shore who charged the net in an effort to score a goal. Coach Gerrard Gallant said “he was pretty sore, obviously couldn’t come back.” Roberto Luongo replaced Montoya and he should start on Friday.
Montoya gave up four goals on 31 shots in the Panthers loss in San Jose on November 5th. Luongo has started the last seven games and allowed five goals on Saturday, so Montoya will start tonight vs. Los Angeles. Montoya has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.22 GAA and .922 SV% in four starts this season.
Luongo allowed two goals on 40 shots in the Panthers loss to the Ducks on Thursday. Luongo is now 3-3-1 with a 2.53 GAA and .921 SV% in November. He draws a terrible matchup with the red-hot Rangers in town—Luongo has gone 5-4-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .938 SV% in nine starts at the BB&T Center this season.