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(Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo is expected to make his first start against his former team tonight, as he backstops the red-hot Vancouver Canucks in a home test at GM Place against the Florida Panthers.

Luongo, a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2003-04, came over from Florida in a blockbuster trade on the eve of the 2006 draft after spending the last five seasons with the Panthers. Vancouver gave up forward Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Bryan Allen and netminder Alex Auld to get Luongo and defenseman Lukas Krajicek. Shortly after the trade, the Canucks signed Luongo to a new four- year contract.

The 27-year-old Luongo is 23-15-1 with a .914 save percentage in 39 games this season.

The Canucks have won six straight games, all with Luongo in net, and are coming off Friday's close win over division rival Edmonton. Matt Cooke scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:24 into overtime as Vancouver posted the 3-2 win over the visiting Oilers.

Vancouver has 47 points and leads the competitive Northwest Division by one point over Calgary.

Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver's other goal Friday while Luongo finished with 26 saves for the Canucks. Luongo has yielded two or less goals in five of his last six outings.

Tonight is the third test of a four-game homestand for the Canucks, who are 14-7-0 as the host.

Meanwhile, the Panthers have dropped two straight and were dealt an overtime loss in Calgary on Thursday. Mark Giordano's goal with 30 seconds left in the extra session gave the Flames the exhilarating 5-4 win at the Saddledome.

Rostislav Olesz scored a pair, David Booth notched his first NHL goal, and Jay Bouwmeester had a goal and two assists for the Panthers, who have also dropped four of six.

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