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Schneider to start Wednesday for Canucks

Mar 27, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

Cory Schneider

In the wake of yet another shaky performance by Roberto Luongo in which the Kings were able to hit the post during last night’s 1-0 Vancouver victory, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has given the nod to backup Cory Schneider tomorrow versus the Avs.

Luongo made 38 saves against Los Angeles, but a lot of them were really easy.

So in steps Schneider, the 26-year-old phenom with the 17-7-1 record, 2.04 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

Schneider was named first star Thursday in Dallas after stopping 25 of 26 shots in a 2-1 Canucks victory. His stickhandling gaffe led to the only Stars goal, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Vancouver plays back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, so it’s likely Vigneault will have to roll the dice again with Luongo soon. Whether the Canucks can afford to go with their “No. 1” in the playoffs is another question.

  1. warpstonebc - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    “Luongo made 38 saves against Los Angeles, but a lot of them were really easy.”

    LOL. C’mon. No one says the same when the Blues goalies rack up their shut outs on 20 shots from the perimeter.

    Luongo was excellent last night. If it weren’t for a recent slump of a few games (when everyone was slumping BTW), he would be the Canucks forerunner for team MVP. He carried the entire lineup through Winter, winning afternoon games and shootouts despite media hype about past struggles with these aspects of his game.

    Unfortunately, an audience and national media bias centered in the East doesn’t pay much attention to this… it blows up any chance for cheap “perception is reality!” articles about any Western player’s performance.

    Schneider too is an excellent goalie. He deserves more starts and frankly this is an ideal situation. His play can keep a fire lit under Luongo and drive his own stock up if he gets to play against tougher opposition (i.e. teams scrapping for that last playoff spot). If this is a controversy, fans can only pray to have such problems up and down the entire lineup.

    • velocirapist - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      What is it with Canucks fans and the inability to understand sarcasm?

      • ruddigervancity - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        Are you being serious?

        No seriously, I can’t tell.

      • billlaforge22 - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        I think the ability to understand sarcasm is inversely proportional to the amount of rain that falls on your head. Or something like that.

      • kitshky - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        ummm …Im pretty sure rain falling on your head has no bearing at all on whether or not we can understand sarcasm.

  2. taytay099 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    This was a pretty good article. I hope to come back in several hours and see 30 angry comments below mine.

  3. cableguymike - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Any truth to the rumours they’ll be chaining his ankle to the goal post? Or are they leaning more towards using a shock collar?

  4. kitshky - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I don’t know what’s funnier, the comment itself … or the fact that 3 people thumbed it up.

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