The Florida Panthers finish up a three-game home stand Friday against the Ottawa Senators, but will have to do so without starting goalie Roberto Luongo.
After stopping all 11 shots he faced in a 1-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Luongo exited the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. Al Montoya preserved the shutout by recording 22 saves of his own.
Montoya will start against the Senators. Luongo did not skate Friday, and the Panthers recalled goaltender Dan Ellis from the American Hockey League to serve as the backup.
A young Florida team is still in the thick of the Stanley Cup Playoff race at the first quarter mark, sitting three points behind the second wild-card team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, with two games in hand. For general manager Dale Tallon, the Panthers current position is one he's pleased with.
"If you told me we'd be where we are after 20 games with all the new and young players, I'd be satisfied with that," he said to the Miami Herald on Friday. "Now it's time for us to keep getting better."