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Panthers goalie Luongo out 2-4 weeks with knee injury

October 8, 2018

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) is helped to the bench after being injured during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss two to four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Coach Bob Boughner announced the injury Monday, adding Luongo will not need surgery. The Panthers placed Luongo on injured reserve Sunday after he left their season opener Saturday night.

Luongo started 33 games for Florida last season and went 18-11-2 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. He missed more than two months with a groin injury last season.

The 39-year-old is signed through the 2021-22 season at a salary cap hit of $5.3 million.

Florida recalled goalie Michael Hutchinson from Springfield of the American Hockey League and will lean on James Reimer in Luongo’s absence. Bougher says the Panthers are confident in Reimer because of his starting experience in the NHL.

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