Roberto Luongo May Miss Four To Five Weeks With Groin Injury
The Vancouver Canucks have announced that goaltender Roberto Luongo is listed as week-to-week while his agent suggests that he may miss more than a month of action due to a groin injury.
Luongo suffered the injury trying to stop a routine shot from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Philippe Boucher in the Canucks 3-1 victory on Saturday. Luongo underwent an MRI scan and is believed to have strained an adductor muscle in his groin.
While the team refuses to give a timeline for Luongo's recovery, his agent Gilles Lupien told cyberpresse.ca that his client may miss four to five weeks of action.
Since being handed the captaincy at the start of the season, Luongo has gone through stretches where he has played the best hockey of his career. He currently leads the NHL with five shutouts. Earlier this month, he went more than 232 minutes without allowing a goal, a team record.
Luongo will be replaced by backup Curtis Sanford. Other than a poor performance against Buffalo Sabres, Sanford has played well on the rare occasions that he has gotten into the game, racking up a respectable .910 save percentage. Prospect Cory Schneider has been called up from the minors and will likely see his first NHL action during Luongo's absence.