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Luongo injures groin (Updated: Might not be groin), Schneider expected to face ‘Hawks

Nov 15, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

Today, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo missed his second straight practice after tweaking his groin (depending on who you talk to — the club is calling it an upper-body injury) in Sunday’s a 4-1 win over the Islanders. This is worth noting as Luongo rarely misses practice — in fact, skipping yesterday’s optional skate was newsworthy in itself. (He usually participates in optional skates.)

Luongo suffered the injury cutting across his crease to stop a Mark Streit shot.

While highlight-reel in nature —

— the save proved costly.

The Vancouver Province is reporting that backup Cory Schneider is “expected” to get the start in Wednesday’s affair, which just so happens to be against Vancouver’s chief rival, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The ‘Hawks haven’t been to Rogers Arena since losing Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinal last year in dramatic fashion. That, teamed with the 6-2 whipping Vancouver laid on them last Sunday, should provide plenty of fuel for revenge.

But the latest installment of Canucks vs. Blackhawks will likely be missing Luongo, one of the rivalry’s central figures. If that’s the case, goaltending duties will fall to Schneider — which is a less compelling subplot, though not entirely uninteresting. The last time Schneider faced the Blackhawks was in Game 6 of last year’s playoff series, when he got a surprise start in Chicago ahead of the beleaguered Luongo. Schneider stopped 12 of 15 shots before leaving the game with leg cramps, paving the way for Luongo to re-enter the game (and lose in overtime.)

  1. imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Put him on the IR. He was awful in that Anaheim game. He’s not off his game, he’s got no game.

  2. canucks18 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Coast… You’re a moron.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      Did you watch the Anaheim game? Is Cogliano the second coming of Crosby or does Luongo not have any game?

    • danphipps01 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      Yeah, as is everyone who has something negative to say about a player in Vancouver colours according to you, canucks18. He played poorly in Anaheim. Thus far, his season’s been unimpressive at best. I figure if there’s a chance to play Schneider for several games and see how he does, take it.

  3. canucks18 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    And another thing, if you’re as blind as you seem to be after commenting that Luongo was bad in Anaheim, did you even watch the game? Do you know how hockey works? Do you know that a “team” plays the games and although he may have wanted 1 of the goals back he played fine if his D didn’t give up the puck and didn’t give up prime chances it would have been a 1 goal game… Jacka$$

    • imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      You’re a jackass who obviously hasn’t played hockey. It’s demoralizing to play in front of a Cloutier. Drive him to the airport Brian.

  4. comeonnowguys - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Right. Or he realized he probably won’t turn in another outing like he did in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and cooked up an injury to get out of it.


    Wait, what?

  5. hibackhand - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Keep those fluids up tonight, Schneider!!

  6. canucks18 - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    I have no issue with Luongo’s unimpressive start, I know he’s not playing well but it’s all the “fans” with their torches and pitchforks that are calling for a trade of Luongo when the rest of the team aside from Sedins, elder the teams start wasn’t good but it’s Luongo that’s gettin thrown under the bus…. And aside from that I’m a huge schneider fan

  7. govtminion - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    If your high-priced, mercurial goalie is going to struggle and deal with injury problems… November is a pretty good time to iron them all out, wouldn’t you agree? Beats having this happen in March.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      It usually happens in Vancouver in May (and God willing, and despite Luongo’s one or two bad goals a game) June.

  8. canucks18 - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    If you’re referring to me about playing hockey, yes I did :) I played in the WHL and then in Europe. How bout you? Dumba$$… Don’t talk about what you don’t know.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      I know you’re dumbass, but so does everyone else.

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