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Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is helped to the bench after being injured during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.Jason Behnken/The Associated Press

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss two to four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Coach Bob Boughner announced the injury Monday, adding Luongo will not need surgery. The Panthers placed Luongo on injured reserve Sunday after he left their season opener Saturday night.

Luongo started 33 games for Florida last season and went 18-11-2 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. He missed more than two months with a groin injury last season.

The 39-year-old is signed through the 2021-22 season at a salary cap hit of $5.3 million.

Florida recalled goalie Michael Hutchinson from Springfield of the American Hockey League and will lean on James Reimer in Luongo’s absence. Bougher says the Panthers are confident in Reimer because of his starting experience in the NHL.


Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk is out five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.

General manager Ron Hextall announced the time frame for van Riemsdyk’s absence Monday. Van Riemsdyk was hit with a shot from Avalanche defenceman Mark Barberio during the first period of Philadelphia’s game at Colorado on Saturday night.

Van Riemsdyk was playing just his second game back with the Flyers after they signed him to a $35 million, five-year contract July 1. He had an assist in a season-opening victory at Vegas last week.

With van Riemsdyk out, Jordan Weal is expected to be inserted into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season. The Flyers host the San Jose Sharks in their home opener Tuesday.


Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky is expected to miss four to six weeks with a strained oblique muscle.

Dubinsky suffered the injury at practice Sunday. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the time frame Monday when Columbus put Dubinsky on injured reserve.

The 32-year-old had a goal and an assist and won 68.8 per cent of his faceoffs in the Blue Jackets’ first two games of the season. Dubinsky has 148 goals and 278 assists for 426 points in 764 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

Alexander Wennberg and free agent addition Riley Nash will be counted on to play more minutes with Dubinsky out.

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