Goalie Roberto Luongo will make his first start in more than two months when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CITY, SNW, FS-F, NHL.TV).

Luongo has not played in the past 27 games after sustaining a lower-body injury making a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock in a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Dec. 4. He was activated from injured reserve Wednesday and was the backup to James Reimer in a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks.

"That's part of the reason we put him through a game-day routine in Vancouver," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said Friday. "We knew his goal was to play against Calgary and he wanted to just get back into a bit of a routine where he's taking shots in the morning, grabbing a little rest in the afternoon and warming up.

"He's gradually been building up to this game. [Roberto] has been around for a long time. I don't see him getting out of the box with emotions or anything. He wants to play a safe first period. We want him to make sure that we play good around him and he doesn't have to go out and win us a game in the first period. We've got to sort of ease him in in a perfect world."

Luongo took part in his first full practice Feb. 8 and accompanied the Panthers on their five-game road trip. The 38-year-old is 6-6-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.