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Luongo aims for fourth place on NHL all-time wins list; Neuvirth in goal for Philadelphia

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PANTHERS (2-2-0) at FLYERS (3-2-0)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will try to take sole possession of fourth place on the NHL all-time wins list when he faces the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Luongo is tied with Curtis Joseph with 454 wins. The only goalies with more are Martin Brodeur (691), Patrick Roy (551) and Ed Belfour (484).

Panthers forward Owen Tippett, the No. 10 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut. He had been a healthy scratch the first four games.

The Flyers will play the second of a five-game homestand. They started it with an 8-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The only lineup change from that game will be goalie Michal Neuvirth starting in place of Brian Elliott.


Players to watch

Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has four points (two goals, two assists) and is a plus-6 in his past three games. He also has fond memories of Philadelphia. He was the No. 1 pick of the 2014 draft, which was held at Wells Fargo Center.

Flyers forward Claude Giroux had four points (two goals, two assists) against the Capitals and has at least one point in four of the Flyers' first five games.


They said it

"It's exciting. It's something that I've worked for for a long time, and now that the day is here it's really exciting." -- Panthers forward Owen Tippett on his NHL debut

"I don't think you can ever be too comfortable. … It's hard to make this league but it's harder to stay. I'm not taking anything for granted. I'm going to come into every practice, every game, and have the same work ethic and just do the same stuff. I feel comfortable around these guys, I believe in myself and my game. I believe in this room. I'm excited to be here and I'm excited to show that I can stay and be a consistent guy on this team." -- Flyers forward Scott Laughton, who had his first two-goal NHL game Saturday


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Radim Vrbata

Evgenii Dadonov -- Vincent Trocheck -- Nick Bjugstad

Jamie McGinn -- Jared McCann -- Owen Tippett

Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Connor Brickley

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen -- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: MacKenzie Weegar, Denis Malgin

Injured: Colton Sceviour (undisclosed)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds

Dale Weise -- Nolan Patrick -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Travis Sanheim, Jori Lehtera

Injured: None


Status report

Panthers coach Bob Boughner did not have an update on Sceviour, who was injured during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. … Neuvirth will play his second game of the season. He made 25 saves in the Flyers' 2-0 loss at the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 5


Stat pack

Luongo is 9-10-3 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 24 appearances against the Flyers. … Voracek is second in the League with nine assists.

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