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Goalie nods: Luongo’s first game back with Panthers, Neuvirth makes Sabres debut

Mar 7, 2014, 2:49 PM EST

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Lui’s back

Roberto Luongo will play as a member of the Florida Panthers for the first time in nearly eight years on Friday night, when the Cats take on the Sabres in Sunrise.

Luongo, acquired from Vancouver on Tuesday, said he’s excited to rejoin the team he played with from 2002-06, earning his first-ever nomination as a Vezina finalist in ’04.

“It’s going to be fun,” Luongo said, per NHL.com. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played as a Panther here. I’m excited to play in front of the crowd and hopefully there’ll be a lot of them and we get a win.”

For the Sabres, it’s a debut of a different kind — Michal Neuvirth will suit up for Buffalo for the first time since being acquired at Wednesday’s trade deadline. The Czech netminder was the odd man out in Washington this year, making just 13 appearances, but should get some legit playing time in Buffalo down the stretch as a number of young players are auditioning for jobs.

Elsewhere…

Rangers at Hurricanes: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Anton Khudobin

Devils at Red Wings: Cory Schneider vs. Jonas Gustavsson

Islanders at Flames: Joni Ortio for Calgary, no word on New York starter.

Penguins at Ducks: Jonas Hiller likely for Anaheim, no word on Pittsburgh starter.

  1. sjtorpitt - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Pittsburgh is probably Vokoun, as Zatkoff played the first of the back to back

    • erbaker67 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Didn’t know he was activated off IR

    • penguins87and71 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      What? Wouldn’t it be Fleury?!? Vokoun I believe is still on IR. Not to sound mean but have you followed any Pittsburgh Penguins games or news this year?

    • skr213 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      I think Pittsburg will be starting Ty Conklin.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Man, I was hoping for Tom Barasso tonight….

    • blomfeld - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      ENJOY ‘OBSCURITY’ YOU WORTHLESS ‘TWO-FACED’ PHONEY !

      • slysipops - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        another great tune BLOMS! i wonder if the youngsters note that the song doesn’t need stunts or croutch grabbing to make it work ? STAY THIRSTY MY MON AMI ….SLYSIPOPS ( the real slysipops …i might add )

  2. sluggo65 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Enroth, still trying to catch his breath after last night!

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Hey Haldorf, please fix the headnile.

    • blomfeld - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      eat ‘S’ you suck hole !

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:40 AM

        What a rude comment. I was asking Mr Halford to fix his misspelling of Neuvirth, which he did. Why that made you go ballistic I suppose is between you and your team of psychiatrists. Sheesh.

      • slysipops - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        easy BLOMS ….JESUS said forgive them father , for they do not know what they do ! …….the sly !

      • blomfeld - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        hi hear ya Sly … however I’ve always believed that Jesus should’ve been ‘mean’ to his detractors once in a while, don’t ya think ? :)

  4. lowenni - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Best of luck to Lou in his return to the Panthers. Hope he can finally find some piece and consistency there.

    And as a Caps fan, best of luck to Neuvy. I really believe he’s got the potential to be a starting goalie. He may not be the most athletic of all the goalies, but he’s very smart and always has good positioning. Enroth’s playing very well lately, but I hope Neuvy finally gets the chance to be #1.

    Good luck to both of them.

  5. djshnooks - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Enroth will get the majority of games down the stretch to end this year.

    It’s his time to see if he has what it takes to be the starter, but his recent showings say he might not have to prove anything.

    Neuvirth still has a year on his contract, he’s only 25…so he will get looks, but Enroth is the man. (I like the young duo).

    • storminator16 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Neuvirth > Enroth.

  6. imgoingtowichita - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Put in Wregett

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