The Florida Panthers activated goaltender Roberto Luongo from injured reserve on Wednesday, but the 38-year-old netminder will back up James Reimer on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Luongo has not played in a game since injuring his groin on Dec. 4 against the New York Islanders while making a right pad save. Luongo began skating in mid-December but did not return to practice until Thursday morning. Tuesday’s practice in Vancouver was his third full practice back from the injury. “I feel great, 100 percent,” Luongo told reporters in Vancouver on Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s been a while since I played so trying to get up to speed as far as game shape and timing and reads and all that kind of stuff. [Tuesday] was just my third full practice. It’s improving every day, but I still feel that I have a bit more to get to.” Reimer’s start will be his second in a row after he Monday’s game in Edmonton. He missed the previous six games with a pulled groin. With Luongo’s activation, third-string goaltender Harri Sateri was pushed off the NHL roster. As the Panthers missed Luongo and Reimer, they turned to Sateri to carry them through a six-game period in which Florida went 4-2-0, including a four-game winning streak.
Panthers activate goalie Roberto Luongo from injured reserve
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 15