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Luongo out two to four weeks with knee injury

NHL: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will miss two to four weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. According to head coach Bob Boughner, Luongo will not need surgery.

The Cats placed Luongo on injured reserve Sunday after he left the season opening loss to Tampa Bay Saturday night with a 1-0 lead.

A possible silver lining to the injury news if that even if Luongo is out for four weeks, he will only miss ten games as the Panthers have a light schedule to start.

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Serron Noel, Florida’s second-rounder in 2018, has scored seven goals and one assist in six games for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals.

Chris Wilkie returned to NCAA action after taking a year off, moving from the University of North Dakota to Colorado College, and produced three points (2G/1A) in two games against Alaska-Anchorage.

19-year-old Aleksi Heponiemi continues to impress in Finland’s Liiga. Heponiemi is up to nine points (3G/6A) in ten games for Karput.

2018 first-rounder Grigori Denisenko has two goals in ten KHL games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. Here is the second one.

Defenseman Santtu Kinnunen, taken in the seventh round this summer, is off to strong start. Kinnunen has posted six points in nine games at the junior level and two points in four games for Peliitat Heinola in Mestis, the country’s second-tier pro league.

Karch Bachman, a fifth-rounder in 2015, had a strong showing in Miami University’s opening weekend, picking up three points (2G/1A) in two games against Alabama-Huntsville.