Luongo on the mend, unsure of return date
Injured Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo told Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday that he is on the road to recovery, but wouldn't say if he'll return to action sooner than expected.
"It's not as bad as I originally thought. I'm really pleased with the progress I've had in a week. I'm working really hard with our strength and conditioning coach and trying to get back as soon as possible," said Luongo.
Luongo, 29, strained his left groin while making a relatively routine save on Philippe Boucher in the opening period of a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 22.
After undergoing an MRI, Luongo was listed as week-to-week by the Canucks, and has missed the team's last four games.
"It could have been worse, I remind myself of that every day and I'm working hard to return," said the Canucks No. 1 netminder.
Luongo sports an 11-5-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against average and five shutouts in 19 starts this season, his third for Vancouver.
He also broke his own franchise record by going 242 minutes 36 seconds without giving up a goal.