Luongo may play Thursday against Coyotes

Vancouver Canucks captain Roberto Luongo, out of the lineup since Nov. 22 with a strained left groin, is hoping to return to the lineup Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Canucks' goalie will participate in 1st full workout since straining groin on Nov. 22

Vancouver Canucks captain Roberto Luongo, out of the lineup since Nov. 22 with a strained left groin, is hoping to return to the lineup Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The 29-year-old goaltender will put his health to the test Monday when he takes the ice for his first full practice since the injury, suffered when Luongo made a relatively routine save on Pittsburgh defenceman Philippe Boucher.

"If it goes well [Monday] we'll progress from there," Luongo told Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night. "I've got to get my timing back."

On Wednesday, Luongo was named a reserve for the Western Conference for the NHL's all-star game on Jan. 25 in Montreal.

"I'd like to play at the all-star game. It would be a great opportunity, especially in my hometown," said the Montreal native.

"But my main focus is with the Vancouver Canucks and making sure I'm 100 per cent and here [in the lineup] for the rest of the season."

Luongo added he's looking forward to playing with centre Mats Sundin, who scored his first goal as a Canuck in Saturday's 4-2 setback to the San Jose Sharks.

In 19 games this season, Luongo has an 11-5-2 record, five shutouts and a 2.19 goals-against average.

Vancouver has a 22-17-5 record for 49 points, five behind the first-place Calgary Flames in the Northwest Division.