Al Montoya G FLA 5 Days

Montoya stopped 28 of 32 shots en route to an overtime loss Saturday against the Sabres.

The Sabres no longer look like the dormat they were for much of October, turning what was seemingly a favorable spot-start situation for Montoya into a trouble spot. Montoya tidied things up after surrendering the game's first two goals in the first period, but couldn't hold on in overtime, as Nikita Zadorov potted the game-winner 29 seconds into the extra period. Montoya's record now sits at a symmetrical 2-2-2 for the season.

Al Montoya G FLA 6 Days

Montoya has been confirmed as the starter in goal Saturday against the Sabres, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Aside from Montoya replacing Roberto Luongo in goal, the Panthers will roll out the same lineup they used in Friday's shootout victory over the Red Wings. It will be Montoya's sixth start of the season.

Al Montoya G FLA 6 Days

Montoya is expected to start Saturday against the Sabres, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Since Roberto Luongo was in the net for Friday's shootout win over the Red Wings, it seems likely that Montoya will get the nod Saturday, in what would mark his first turn since Dec. 1. He's only made five starts and eight appearances this season behind Luongo, going 2-2-1 with a 2.00 GAA and .923 save percentage. Though the Sabres have been winning more frequently of late, their offense still ranks among the league's worst, perhaps making Montoya a useful play Saturday.

Al Montoya G FLA 18 Days

Montoya made 21 saves on 23 shots in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.

With Roberto Luongo expected to play Tuesday against Detroit, Montoya's run as the starter seems to be over before it really started. He has still looked solid as a backup this season but with Luongo back in the fold, Montoya will see limited starts going forward.

Al Montoya G FLA 18 Days

Montoya will start in net Monday against the Blue Jackets, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Montoya picked up a win Friday over the Senators, and with Roberto Luongo (upper body) ailing, Montoya should get the majority of the starts for the time being.

Al Montoya G FLA 20 Days

Montoya stopped 22 of 24 shots to earn the 3-2 win in Friday's game against the Senators.

Montoya did not see much action Friday, but he was solid enough to provide Florida with sound goaltending. With Roberto Luongo listed as day-to-day, Florida can only ask Montoya to play like he did against the Sens. His record on the season is now 2-1-1 with an impressive .924 save percentage and a 1.99 GAA. The 29-year-old veteran was the 6th overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, so there should be no surprise he does have some solid skill but he has been a backup his whole career. With Luongo out, look for Montoya to get a chance to prove why he was such a high draft pick.

Al Montoya G FLA 22 Days

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 23 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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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.