When the Vancouver Canucks begin a two-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the Staples Center, starting goalie Roberto Luongo will be back in the net.
“Obviously I felt good out there, so don’t know yet what’s going on for [Saturday], but, yeah, good to go,” Luongo told the media after practice on Friday. ”I’ve been working out on the ice for the last week, so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. You want to make sure that you start feeling the puck right away, and feel good.”
Luongo originally suffered the undisclosed lower-body injury on Dec. 22 in a victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Canucks coach John Tortorella confirmed earlier today that Luongo would be cleared to play.
Backup goalie Eddie Lack has been filling in for the last couple games and Tortorella said that while the Canucks haven’t seen a drop-off during Luongo’s absense, it will be nice to have both goalies healthy and ready to go.
The Canucks are 42-23-12 on the season and are in fourth place of the Pacific Division in the NHL Western Conference.