Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks announced that goaltender Roberto Luongo is day-to-day after he suffered a lower-body injury during team’s 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday at Rogers Arena.
“He had a conversation with head athletic trainer Mike Burnstein a shift or two before he left the game but I didn’t know he was hurt,” said Canucks coach John Tortorella. “It surprised me.”
Luongo was replaced by Eddie Lack at 16:30 of the opening period.
Vancouver is off until next Sunday so Luongo has a chance to recover before they take on the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.
If Luongo is unable to play, Tortorella believes the 25-year-old Lack can give the Canucks a chance to win.
Lack made 15 saves Sunday and earned his sixth win of the season. He lowered his GAA to 1.93 and boasts a save percentage of .928.
“Very confident. I say it every day, he’s not afraid of anything,” Tortorella said. “He has prepared himself for this situation and he has played very well for us. I’m not sure where Louie’s going to go here in the next few days, but if it’s Lacker, we are very confident in his play.”
Luongo is one of the goaltenders being considered to start for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He helped Canada win the gold medal in 2010. The 34-year-old is 16-9-6 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.