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Luongo back for Florida
Roberto Luongo will play for the first time since Mar. 3 when the Panthers host the Red Wings in Sunrise this evening.
Luongo, who’s missed the past six games with a shoulder injury, draws back in looking to keep Florida’s playoff hopes alive. The Panthers went an impressive 3-2-1 during his absence with journeyman Dan Ellis in goal, but know their chances of making the postseason are increased greatly with Bobby Loo in net.
“[Luongo] has been our MVP all year long,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said, per NHL.com. “He’s been a great player for us and a great leader and a great character. He’s going to come in tonight and try to do his best.
“He’ll work hard and compete hard and I’m sure the guys will be excited to see him.”
Florida heads into tonight’s action seven points back of Boston (the Bruins take on the Sens in Ottawa tonight), but still has three head-to-head matchups remaining against the B’s.
For Detroit, Petr Mrazek gets the call in net tonight.
Sharks at Leafs: Antti Niemi vs. Jonathan Bernier
Canes at Habs: Anton Khudobin vs. Carey Price
Bruins at Senators: Tuukka Rask (probable) vs. Andrew Hammond
Blues at Jets: Brian Elliott vs. Ondrej Pavelec
Caps at Wild: Braden Holtby vs. Devan Dubnyk
Pens at Stars: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Kari Lehtonen (probable)
Flyers at Flames: Steve Mason vs. Karri Ramo
Jackets at Canucks: (No Columbus starter yet) vs. Eddie Lack
Avs at Coyotes: Semyon Varlamov vs. Louis Domingue