Roberto Luongo Expected to Miss 'Extended Time' with Lower Body Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2017

Florida Panthers head athletic trainer Dave DiNapoli attends to goalie Roberto Luongo (1) after a play during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. Luongo had to be helped off the ice and wasn't able to put any weight on the leg. He was replaced by James Reimer. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will miss multiple weeks after suffering a lower body injury Monday night against the New York Islanders.  

"Whether that's three weeks, four weeks, five weeks; we'll see how his rehab goes," coach Bob Boughner said on Wednesday. "Definitely out for a while. Obviously lower body, and it's going to be an extended period of time." 

Luongo went down in the second period of the game when making a save on a Ryan Pulock shot. Boughner said the injury is not related to the torn labrum in Luongo's hip that cost him the final six weeks of last season. The veteran goaltender missed six games earlier this season due to a hand injury.

James Reimer will start in Luongo's place. 

"Last time he had to be in this position, there were some ups and some downs, but for the most part he's a good goalie and we have to support him," Boughner said. "We weren't as good back then as we are now defensively, so we're looking to help him out a little more. We've got to make sure we give him good support and [Reimer] will make the saves. All I ask of him, and he knows this, is to give us a chance to win. And if he gives us a chance to win, we'll be in every game."

Reimer, 29, is 4-6-3 with a 3.67 goals against average and .892 save percentage this season. The Panthers do not appear headed for playoff contention this season, so unless Reimer goes on a hot streak, look for them to allow Luongo as much healing time as he needs.