SUNRISE, Fla. -- Goaltender Roberto Luongo will be back in the lineup for the Florida Panthers when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, but he'll have a different backup and will be facing a goalie making his first NHL start.
Luongo, sporting a new mask, was the only Panthers goalie at the morning skate after Dan Ellis was sidelined with an upper-body injury sustained in practice Wednesday. Ellis was an emergency starter Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers when Luongo was scratched after leading the Panthers onto the ice for warm-ups.
With Ellis out, the Panthers recalled veteran Scott Clemmensen on an emergency basis, but he didn't skate Thursday morning because his equipment failed to arrive with him on his flight from San Antonio.
The Maple Leafs, who were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention Tuesday, did not have a morning skate after holding a practice at BB&T Center on Wednesday.
Coach Randy Carlyle did not address the media after the practice but said after the 3-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday there could be some changes in his lineup. The most significant change will be in net, where journeyman Drew MacIntyre will make his first NHL start.
MacIntyre, 30, has appeared in five NHL games after being a fourth-round pick (No. 121) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2001 NHL Draft.
Here are the projected lineups:
Scratched: Paul Ranger