Roberto Luongo has been fortunate enough to enjoy a bit of rest in the last week.
Luongo, who hasn’t played since last Saturday, will be back between the pipes for tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Backup goalie Al Montoya was solid in a 2-1 shootout win over the Penguins on Monday, and head coach Gerard Gallant decided to go back to him against San Jose on Thursday (the Panthers lost 2-1 in a shootout).
It wasn’t a bad idea for Gallant to have Luongo watch from the bench, as the veteran had been struggling.
Luongo allowed three goals or more in five consecutive appearances, including five goals in an ugly loss to Nashville on Saturday.
“I didn’t have a lot of time to work on my game since the start of the season,” Luongo said on Friday, via The Miami Herald. “Having four or five good practices this week…I feel really good today out there, so I’m ready for tomorrow.
“The schedule is so busy during the season and you play so many games that practice time is limited…A week like this was good for me.”
The Jets will turn to Michael Hutchinson.
–After dropping a 1-0 decision to the Islanders last night, the Devils have yet to name a starter. The Capitals will go with Braden Holtby.