Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss the next seven-to-10 days with an ankle injury after undergoing an MRI on Monday.
#canucks Roberto Luongo (ankle) should be out for 7 to 14 days. Better than first expected.
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) January 7, 2014
Luongo was injured on Saturday night when Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown collided with him on the game-tying goal 1:07 into the third period.
Initially it looked like Brown struck Luongo in the head with his leg, but upon further review, you can see Brown’s leg did not make contact.
Luongo actually fell backwards on his ankle. He was seen grabbing it in pain after the collision with his back on the ice.
— Allen Tung (@Ehlun) January 6, 2014
This will be good news for the Canucks and Team Canada as it was initially feared Luongo suffered a much more serious injury.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis previously suggested Luongo would be out a period of time.
“If he’s not well enough to play tonight, he probably won’t be for a little bit of time,” he told the Vancouver Sun prior to Sunday’s game against the Ducks.
Utica Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson has been called up to backup Eddie Lack.
Vancouver will have to hope the goaltending holds up when they host the Islanders. Get your Vancouver Canucks tickets here.