Al Montoya G FLA 23 Hrs

Montoya will be between the pipes Friday against the Senators, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Though Roberto Luongo's upper-body injury isn't considered serious, it will keep him out for at least Friday, affording Montoya the opportunity to make his seventh appearance of the season. Montoya was superb in relief of the injured Luongo in Wednesday's win over the Hurricanes, stopping 22 of 22 shots, and should function as coach Gerard Gallant's primary option in the net until Luongo returns. The run of starts isn't expected to last more than a few games for Montoya, but he may be worth grabbing on speculation in the event Luongo's injury proves to be more of a long-term concern than the Panthers initially thought.

Al Montoya G FLA 2 Days

Montoya stopped all 22 shots he faced to hold onto the 1-0 lead after filling in for Roberto Luongo, who left the game in the second period due to what is believed to be an upper-body injury.

The extent of the injury to Luongo is unknown as of yet, but Montoya has played solid this season as the team's backup supporting a .909 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA. The Panthers' next game is Friday so expect Montoya to get the nod if Luongo can't go.

Al Montoya G FLA 11 Days

Montoya made 33 saves on 35 shots for his first win of the season Sunday against the Ducks.

A great outing from Montoya, who proved he can be counted on whenever Roberto Luongo needs a rest. Montoya has only played four games this season, however, as Luongo is a workhorse and the clear starting goalie in Florida. Montoya presents a decent option whenever the Panthers decide to give their starter the night off -- which won't be often.

Al Montoya G FLA 12 Days

Montoya will start in net against the Ducks on Sunday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Montoya will start in place for Roberto Luongo, who is getting scheduled rest. The backup has only started two games for the Panthers this season and will face a tough draw against an offensive-minded Anaheim team that welcomes Corey Perry (ankle) and Kyle Palmieri (ankle) back into their lineup Sunday.

Al Montoya G FLA 20 Days

Montoya gave up five goals on 24 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Flames on Saturday. The sixth tally was an empty-netter.

Even though Kari Ramo was yanked in the opposing crease after giving up four goals of his own, Montoya still lost the battle of the backups in this one. It was just his third appearance of the season, but the fact that he was chased in a rare start doesn't help his cause for taking an increased workload away from veteran Roberto Luongo. At this point -- playing on one of the East's weakest teams in Florida -- Montoya is one of the least valuable fantasy backup netminders in the league.

Al Montoya G FLA 20 Days

Montoya will be in the net Saturday against the Flames, Sportsnet's Roger Millions reports.

With the Panthers resting Roberto Luongo following six consecutive starts, Montoya will enter the crease for his first outing since Oct. 18. Montoya has been excellent in his two appearances this season, stopping 37 of 38 shots, but that's probably too small of a sample size to expect that production to continue against the Flames.

Al Montoya G FLA 1 Month

Montoya put in a strong showing Saturday in a tough, defensive affair against the Capitals. He made 27 saves n a 2-1 shootout loss.

Montoya won't get a huge number of starts behind Roberto Luongo. but he sure proved he could hold his own Saturday night. Watch for favorable matchups in Single-year league formats and roll away.

Al Montoya G FLA 1 Month

Montoya will start in net for the Panthers on Friday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Montoya relieved Roberto Luongo Oct. 11 and stopped all 10 shots he faced in 37:01 in net. He will receive his first start of the season Saturday against the Capitals in the second of back-to-back games.

Al Montoya G FLA 1 Month

Montoya will likely make his next start Saturday against the Capitals, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.

Although it likely won't be officially announced until the weekend how the Panthers plan on splitting their Friday and Saturday games among their two goalies, it looks as though Montoya will draw the short end of the stick and make his turn against a formidable Capitals squad. The Panthers might normally be inclined to use Montoya against the weaker matchup of the back-to-back in the Sabres on Friday, but Florida's 0-2-1 start to the season could prompt the team to use No. 1 Roberto Luongo that day, in an attempt to secure the first win.

Al Montoya G FLA 2 Months

Montoya gave up four goals on 28 shots in Saturday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay.

Montoya didn't have much of a chance on any of the goals, so it's hard to fault him for the loss. The 29-year-old enters the 2014-15 season as the backup to Roberto Luongo. Montoya posted a 13-8-3 record, 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in a backup role with Winnipeg last season.