Barkov left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Barkov left last night's game in the third period after playing just 13:31. He missed practice on Friday and is considered questionable for Saturday's game. He has had a slow start to the season, scoring just one goal in the first eight games.
Luongo stopped 39 of 41 shots in the Panthers overtime loss to the Coyotes on Saturday. With four days off between games, the Panthers will turn to Luongo again tonight. He has been hot as of late, posting a .951 SV% over his last for starts. Tonight, he faces the Coyotes against, so get him in your lineup.
Ekblad has played in seven games and has two more games left before the Panthers have to decide whether or not to burn the first year of his entry level contract and keep him or send him back to juniors. "Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere," Panthers general manager Dale Tallontold NHL.com. "I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy." Ekblad has averaged 21:54 TOI (2:22 PP TOI/GP) and recorded two assists with a minus-1 rating so far.
Bolland (lower-body) will miss his fourth straight game on Thursday.
Bolland has been sidelined with a lower-body since October 17th. The Panthers offseason signee has yet to record a point in four games and did not skate Wednesday, which suggests he could remain out past Thursday.
Luongo allowed three goals on 33 shots in a 4-3 overtime win against the Avalanche on Tuesday. With three days off between games, the Panthers will go back to Bobby Lu who has stopped 56 of 59 shots (.949 SV%) in his back-to-back wins. He draws a favourable matchup vs. the Coyotes.
Luongo stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 1-0 shutout win over the Sabres on Friday. He was given Saturday night off so there is little surprise that he will start tonight. He has allowed just one goal in his last two games after giving up eight in his first two starts.
Luongo is expected to face the Avalanche on Tuesday.
Luongo stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 1-0 shutout win over the Sabres on Friday. He was given Saturday night off so there is little surprise that he should start tomorrow. He has allowed just one goal in his last two games after giving up eight in his first two starts.
Pirri, 23, will replace Dave Bolland tonight after Bolland suffered a lower-body injury on Friday. Pirri had seven goals and seven assists (14 points) in 21 games after being traded to the Panthers midway through last season.
Bolland left Friday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return. There is no word on how serious Bolland's injury is, but he will be replaced by Brandon Pirri tonight in Washington.Consider Bolland day-to-day until more details are released.
Montoya stopped all 10 shots he faced when he replaced Roberto Luongo last Saturday vs. the Devils. Saturday marks his first start as a Panther. He was 13-8-3 with a 2.30 GAA and .920 SV% with the Jets. He will face a Washington team who are averaging 3.23 goals per game through their first three contests.
Luongo stopped 21 of 22 shots, but it was not enough earn the W on Tuesday vs. the Senators. The Panthers offence fired 30 shots at Craig Anderson, but could not get one by him. Florida's sub-par offence was a fear when drafting Luongo. So far they have just three goals in three games, but something should give on Friday vs. a weak Sabres squad.