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Luongo can keep waiting, Schneider starts again tonight

Nov 26, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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If you’ve been sitting at home pining to see the return of Roberto Luongo in goal, you might want to clutch your Luongo Canucks jersey a little tighter.

Cory Schneider is getting the start once again tonight for Vancouver against the Sharks. Schneider earned a shutout last night against Phoenix and Alain Vigneault is sticking with the hot hand. Hey why not, he’s said it’s a “no brainer” move after all. This makes five straight starts now for Schneider.

Luongo being healthy enough to play hasn’t been the issue lately, instead it’s Vancouver shaking off their playoff hangover and getting things right again. Schneider shutting teams out and playing great in goal makes the decision easy, but at some point Luongo’s got to get it going.

Canucks fans clamoring for Schneider to start have been getting their wishes fulfilled of late but the fact is, Luongo is their man and getting him back in form is the key for Vancouver. It’ll happen eventually, but the battle lines are drawn amongst the fan base. Team Cory and Team Roberto is about as weird of a “Twilight” comparison as you’ll ever see.

  1. loinstache - Nov 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I’m appreciative of Schneider’s performance but I’m actually quite surprised by this decision; Luongo typically plays well against the Sharks and I expected that on back-to-back games he would get the nod. Either way can’t complain, Schneider has been monstrous.

    • t16rich - Nov 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Hahahaha. Definatly can’t complain. I have been one of Lu’s biggest supporters but Schneids is coming off back to back shutouts and 1 goal against in last 3. I want to see Lu get back in the fold, but 1 goal against in 3 games and back to back shutouts warrants another start. I dont care if it’s Patrick Roy coming back from injury, you play your goalie who is sporting those stats.

  2. govtminion - Nov 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    As they said before, no-brainer. Paycheck aside, you go with the hot hand, and if your high-priced ‘starter’ doesn’t like it, then it’s on him to step up and show that he’s worth that money. Tim Thomas, for example, had to win back his job last season, remember?

    Luongo hasn’t shown much so far this year to show that the Canucks should rely on him. Maybe missing half a dozen games in a row in favor of Schneider will motivate him. If not, well, the Canucks are better off anyway.

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