This has been a rough few days starting goaltenders across the National Hockey League. Within the past week, we have seen Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers all get put on injured reserve.
You can now add Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers to the growing list of hurt net minders and his injury might be the most serious of the bunch.
Early in the second period of Monday night’s game versus the New York Islanders, the 38-year-old goaltender remained down on the ice after making a save on Ryan Pulock. Luongo needed help off the ice with a very apparent lower-body injury as he could not put any weight on his right leg.
The future Hall of Famer has been one of the few bright spots during a very disappointing start to the season Florida. You can’t blame the Panthers have the second worst record in the Eastern Conference on Luongo’s .928 save percentage in his 14 games.
We are all hoping that the injury is not nearly as serious as it looked as we await an official update from the team.