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Luongo to start tomorrow in Chicago

Mar 20, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Struggling Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo will get the nod Wednesday in Chicago after sitting two straight games while backup Cory Schneider carried the load.

Luongo’s allowed 16 goals in his last four starts, all Vancouver losses, while registering a lowly save percentage of .846.

Schneider, meanwhile, had another strong outing last night in Minnesota, despite the Canucks falling 2-0 to the Wild. The 26-year-old stopped 32 of 33 shots (there was an empty-netter), after which coach Alain Vigneault called Schneider “our best player.”

Granted, Vigneault didn’t have a long list to choose from. (Luongo might’ve been their second-best player.) But when newspapers are publishing articles called “Cory Schneider can’t carry Canucks alone,” you know he’s playing well.

Add the United Center – Luongo’s original house of horrors, since replaced by TD Garden – to the equation and his performance will fall under an even larger microscope than usual.

Now consider the microscope they normally use in Vancouver can find a freckle on a flea (alliteration!), and tomorrow’s game should intensify the great Canucks goalie debate regardless of the outcome.

  1. t16rich - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I like it. Perfect pressure game for him to step up and shut some critics up. Or perfect game for him to suck, making the call to start Schneider alot easier. Either way, goaltending won’t be the Canucks biggest problem in the playoffs. Our blueline is looking like the amateur hour lately. Will the real Bieksa and Hamhuis please step up.

  2. haterzgonahate - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Luongo could single handidly win 6 stanley cups back to back and there would still be critics

    Haters…. they gonna hate

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      “Haters…. they gonna hate”

      It’s your standard “I don’t have any tangible points to argue, so I’m going to call you a name.”

  3. dirtydog57 - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    The problem is he can’t win single hand-idly 6 Stanley cups!! He lost his edge. He has found to many bad habits. The latest ;big rebounds!! He can’t help the team when they are down. That’s what a good goalie does .Use Schneider until he needs help.

  4. bigbadbruins1968 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Lubrongo could win six Stanley Cups single handedly? He hasn’t won ONE Stanley Cup yet. Let’s not give him too much credit. He is a very good goaltender that has lost his edge. Until he proves otherwise, leave Schneider between the pipes.

  5. blomfeld - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE … THAT IS THE QUESTION

    tomorrow night is going to “seriously” be interesting, as now there’s that much more on the line here than just the Italian Michelin Man’s “ytd” stats … if he gets chased, then I suspect that the “Go East Young Man” plan will finally kick into high gear, as far as Aquilini Investments are concerned … and if he shines, then Canuckle Nation will have an entirely new set of problem on their hands … either way, they were fools for “locking-in” their future to this clown & his 100 year contract, in the first place …

  6. tommytd - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    PERFECT!

  7. balewsquare - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    As a Hawks fan, I get so much joy from watching Luongo let in a weak one and collapse to his knees as “Chelsea Dagger” screams in the background. That’s when the mentally strong Luongo let’s the floodgates open!

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