The Florida Panthers still have three goaltenders — for now. The club is approaching a decision about its goaltending situation, complicated by Harri Sateri’s strong recent play and the return of both Roberto Luongo and James Reimer from groin injuries. Luongo (on injured reserve) and Reimer each returned to full practice this week, but haven’t played in a game yet. Instead, Sateri has started the past six games, including Friday night’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Panthers and coach Bob Boughner intended on riding whichever goalie was hottest. Recently, that was Sateri. During Florida’s four-game winning streak, he posted a .950 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average, also earning the NHL’s second star of the week honors. But Friday night stunted Sateri’s breakthrough, when he gave up three goals on 26 shots. It was the first time since Jan. 25 that Sateri gave up at least three goals, though Boughner said the Panthers “gift-wrapped” a pair of Kings goals with turnovers. On Saturday morning, Boughner did not name a starter ahead of Florida’s five-game road trip, but all three goalies practiced. “I watched closely at practice today and both Lu and Reims looked great,” Boughner said. “I’m excited about that. Going into next game, we’ll talk a little more now and we’ll talk on the plane a little bit tomorrow. Whoever starts, we’d like to get that guy in the mindset tomorrow. He’ll know tomorrow for sure. Definitely something we’re going to address here in the next couple hours.” Luongo has not played since Dec. 4, when he injured his groin making a right pad save on New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock. His first practice was Thursday morning and the Panthers have penciled in his return for the road trip.
Panthers still weighing goaltending options ahead of road trip
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 12