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Canucks coach sticks to his plan, starts Luongo tonight

Jan 20, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

Cory Schneider, Roberto Luongo AP

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault’s original plan to start the season in goal was to have Cory Schneider play opening night against Anaheim and have Roberto Luongo follow up the next night against Edmonton. After seeing Schneider give up five goals before being pulled in the Canucks 7-3 loss to the Ducks, some thought the plan might change.

Turns out Vigneault is going to stick to the plan as Luongo gets the call in goal against the Oilers tonight. The coach says sticking with the plan is the way to go.

“Nothing happened (on Saturday) night that would make me change our plan,” explained Vigneault.

Luongo gave up two goals in relief of Schneider. It’s safe to say this situation is only going to fester as long as pucks keep getting by the goalies. Schneider was deemed the No. 1 goalie at the start of the year while Luongo made it clear he’d be OK with being traded elsewhere. Now things feel up in the air as Schneider doesn’t get the chance to redeem himself right away.

  1. dirtydog57 - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Always big talk regarding the two goalies but what happened to the rest of the team. Where was the defense . A very poor showing all round. Free hotdogs wouldn’t have dragged me to the game. A one or two goal loss for game one would have been ok but wow such a let down.

  2. northstars17 - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    haha what a mess in Vancouver.

    I called it… I said Schneider would fold under this new found pressure of being a starter! he looked like he was on Xanax or something out there!

    Bad news for everyone, including myself, Toronto most likely won’t aquire Luongo.

    Did you hear the ” LLLUUUU!” cheers last night? good for him. he gets wayy to much crap. he’s just in a really good hockey town that can’t win a cup if their life depended on it…. so obviously its easy to point fingers at the netminder instead of the entire team in front of him!

    on a side note: Hott Damm at Anaheim Ducks! holy smokes they will win the cup if they play 47 more games like last night! great additions in Souray and Winnik and even Allen! then you got the offensive powerhouse line with Sellane (4 points last night).

    good times of your a Ducks fan!

    • jdd428 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      What a mess? Seriously? It’s one freaking game. Sure they were bad, Schneider especially. But I think it’s a bit unfair to label them a mess already.

      Oh, and they were never going to trade Lu unless someone met their demands. Now in a tightened season it’s going to be that much more important to have two good goalies. So, don’t bet on Lu going anywhere.

  3. mrhyperpants - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Don’t you mean he’s in a two faced hockey town

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