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Luongo to start again for Canucks

Jan 30, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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The soap opera continues in Vancouver.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault announced today that Roberto Luongo would make his second straight in goal when the Avalanche visit Rogers Arena tonight.

“My decision,” explained Vigneault. “It’s just my call. Got back yesterday and that’s what I decided.”

Without the trade speculation surrounding Luongo, the decision would make perfect sense. Quite simply, Luongo (0-0-2, .917 save percentage) has been better than Cory Schneider (2-2-0, .897) so far this season.

Monday in Los Angeles, Luongo was named second star after stopping 26 of 28 Kings shots in a 3-2 shootout loss.

Schneider’s last start, a 4-1 loss Sunday in San Jose, was decidedly less successful.

But with the Canucks actively trying to trade Luongo, Vigneault’s decision is predictably receiving its share of attention.

  1. sergeikremlin - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I think you can pretty much write-off the first start of the year for Schneider, where the whole team was blown out of the water. They just laid an egg. After that game, he’s gone 2-1 with a .935 SV %, 2.00 GAA, and saved 4/5 in the shootout.

    All I can think of here is that the Canucks want to showcase Luongo more early in hopes of attracting a big trade.

    • sergeikremlin - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      (and 1 shutout)

    • danbroadus - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Are you forgetting that Luongo played in that game as well? Since then, Luongo’s put up a 1.85 GAA and a .933 save % with little offensive support. He was also the only reason the LA game even went to overtime. Both goalies have been strong, but Luongo is showing — once again — that he is simply better than Schneider at this point in time.

      • danbroadus - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        And there’s Luongo getting a shutout of his own, and a beauty at that. 1.23 GAA and a .952 save % in his starts. Just trade the guy already if you’re not going to admit he’s the #1.

  2. valoisvipers - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    What a mess!
    Now the Nucks are overpaying for 2 backup goalies.
    Lots of egg on the faces of the Nuck’s management team.

    • salmon90 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Wait so both our goalies are on the bench wearing ballcaps tonight? That is a mess!……………………….p.s. you’re a dumb dumb

      • valoisvipers - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Wellsalmaon90 If that’s that what you think I’m saying then you are the dumb a$$. Just to be clear then, you tell me who is number one? I say neither.

      • salmon90 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        The guy who just pitched that shut-out tonight isn’t bad. Wouldn’t be upset if they let him play some games. Or considering between those two they’ve allowed the fewest goals out of any goaltending tandem in the NHL iover the last couple seasons t doesn’t really matter who is ‘number 1’. Pretty good for a couple of back-ups. So what did you mean?

    • valoisvipers - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Agreed pretty good for a couple of back ups. Lots of Presidents Cups but where oh where is Stanley?

  3. 19to77 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Like Sergei said, Schneider’s actually been better than Luongo when you factor out that one team-wide choke against Anaheim, and nobody showed up for that game. Schneider didn’t own any more of that loss than any other Canuck, and since then he’s been great – though the team around him has been questionable.

  4. pantherpro - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Canucks you weak! signed, Ryan Clowe and Doug Murray!

    • loinstache - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      hahahahaha like those two know how to write

    • salmon90 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      The only reason we lost those fights is because last time a smaller guy (Bieksa 198lbs) beat up one of your bigger players (Marleau 220 lbs) we never heard the end of it. The whining from Cali was almost as bad as Clowe’s little hissy fit in the box the other night. So of course Kassian (214lb) is not going to really beat up on Clowe (225lb) and I don’t even want to know what it would be like if Volpatti (215 lb) had beaten up Murray (245 lb)! Not enough Kleenex in the Bay area if that had occured.

      • valoisvipers - Jan 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Boy oh boy are you a Cunucklehead or what? Bieksa is a fighter and Marleau is a hockey player. Are the police still looking for year since the riots after Bobby Lou’s and the Nucks collapse against those “Big Bad Dirty Bruins”? Whine some more and get yourself some Kleenex.

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