Panthers look to slow down high-octane Jets

From FOX Sports - December 6, 2017

SUNRISE, Fla.The Florida Panthers on Wednesday recalled Harri Sateri, andno offense to the vowel-happy goalie from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfieldthis was not good news for the franchise.

Sateri was recalled because starting goalie Roberto Luongo is out with an injury to his right leg.

Luongo will not play Thursday night when the Panthers (10-13-4) play host to the high-scoring Winnipeg Jets (17-7-4).

Anytime you lose a player like Lu, who is the backbone of your team, its tough to swallow, Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle said. Hes been great for us.

Indeed, Luongo owns a .928 save percentage this season and a 2.62 goals-against average. But this is his second injury this season. He was injured on Oct. 20 and missed six consecutive games, and now this injury could lead to an even longer-term absence.

Backup goalie James Reimer, who owns an .892 save percentage and a 3.67 GAA, filled in for Luongo earlier this season. He is expected to get all the starts now as well.

Reimer hasnt shown he is of the same quality as Luongo, who, unfortunately for the Panthers, has a history of groin and hip injuries. Luongo played just 40 games last seasonthe second lowest total of his career as a starter, which began in 2000-2001.

This year, Luongo has played in 15 games. Reimer, who played 43 games for the Panthers last season, will tie Luongo on Thursday with his 15th game played.

Reimer, though, said he feels bad for his teammate.

Its never fun when you see your partner go down, Reimer said of Luongo. Im hoping for the best for him.


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