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Make it six: Schneider to start for Vancouver…again

Nov 28, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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In a furious race for Interweb supremacy, Vancouver Canucks beat writers (here, here and here) all simultaneously tweeted the big news:

Cory Schneider will start his sixth straight game tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This is uncharted territory for Schneider, fresh off earning the NHL’s second star of the week. Though he’s been with Vancouver since 2008-09 and started 22 games last year, he’s never rattled off this many consecutive appearances.

(Ironically enough, one of Schneider’s longest consecutive games streaks came in the opening round of last year’s playoffs against Chicago. He relieved Roberto Luongo in Games 4 and 5, then started Game 6. Moving along…)

The always even-keeled Vancouver media is treating this development as you’d expect. The Vancouver Sun ran a column about how Luongo makes for an excellent backup goalie while a local TV journalist made a “Luongo should change his name to Wally Pipp” joke.

Overreactions aside, it is a big development. The Canucks have had reasons (or, excuses) for riding Schneider lately — Luongo was coming off an injury, they needed to string together wins, they weren’t in a playoff position — but those reasons (or, excuses) don’t fly anymore. Luongo is beyond healthy. They’ve won four straight and seven of 10. They’re in the thick of the playoff pack and two points out of the Northwest Division lead.

Plus, Tuesday night’s game is against Columbus. The worst team in hockey. There might not be a better opponent to ease Luongo back in, but it’s also a terrifying prospect. Imagine if Luongo starts against Columbus and stinks the joint out. What happens then?

Ergo, the Canucks will continue employing the “Vegas Philosophy” with Schneider (as coined by Canucks play-by-play man John Shorthouse): You might only get on a heater once, so make sure to ride it as long as possible.

  1. govtminion - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Start him against Columbus, give them a good solid look at him… then see if you can get anything in a trade for him?

    *shrug* Or you could keep paying him to open the bench door, whatever.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      Second point is key. It’s not THAT unheard of to carry a high-priced backup for a time. Boston did it with Thomas (temporarily), Chicago won a cup with Huet opening the door…Anaheim got away with it w/Giguere until he forced his way outta there. Will be interesting to see how the VAN situation plays out.

  2. davemac32001 - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Earlier this summer there was a “Luongo for Rick Nash” rumor floating around. I guess that’s not going to happen any time soon…

    • imleftcoast - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:34 PM

      There’s been a “Luongo for a bag of pucks” rumor floating around (my house). I’d hate to see the Canucks trade the hot goalie who is upcoming and keep the goalie who lost his game. The latter is almost certainly what will happen with Luongo’s contract. Cue another 17 years between Finals appearances.

  3. taytay099 - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Wow, imleftcoast is by far the most depressing hockey fan there is.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:29 PM

      Wow. taytay099 is by far the dumbingest hockey fan posting name there is.

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