Roberto Luongo is unlikely to return to action until after the Florida Panthers wrap up a two-game series against the Winnipeg Jets in Finland this week, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.
“I think the plan is for him to ... unless there’s a complete surprise that I haven’t heard yet, but the plan is for him to probably try and play next week when we get home. This is more of a rehab week,” Boughner said after practice Wednesday.
The 39-year-old goaltender has been out of action since sustaining a knee injury in the season opener Oct. 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Panthers play the Jets on Thursday and Friday, then are off until a Nov. 8 home game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Luongo missed 26 games last season because of a groin injury. He has played in only 75 games in the two seasons prior to this one.
In his 19-year career, Luongo is 471-376-119 with a 2.49 goals-against average. He has appeared in 1,002 career games, which is third all-time among goaltenders behind only Martin Brodeur (1,266) and Patrick Roy (1,029).
—Field Level Media