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Canucks’ Schneider will replace Luongo tonight

May 5, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider Getty Images

With the Vancouver Canucks trailing the San Jose Sharks 2-0 in their first-round series, 27-year-old goaltender Cory Schneider will get a chance to play the hero.

Schneider is ready to return from an undisclosed injury after missing Games 1 and 2 of this series.

“I’m in tonight, I’m ready to play and I’m excited,” Schneider confirmed via the Canucks on Twitter.

After some early season struggles, Schneider bounced back and ended up with a superb 2.11 GAA and .927 save percentage in 30 regular season starts. This will be just his ninth playoff game, but he has a career 1.91 GAA and .940 save percentage in the postseason.

It’s worth noting that regardless of which goaltender the Canucks use, the rest of the team will likely need to step up too. They scored just three goals in the first two games of this series.

“Goaltending hasn’t be our issue at all,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “But we were going to start with (Schneider) in the playoffs. He’s good to go.”

  1. canucks30 - May 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    This series is looking more and more like a carbon copy of last year vs LA by the minute

    • ron05342 - May 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Yup, you beat me to it. History repeats itself.

    • loinstache - May 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      AV is doing a great job of exemplifying Einstein’s definition of insanity…

      • you4real - May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        I can understand this, as the team does seem to play better for Cory and a shake-up is needed…Can’t wrap my head around Ebbett over Schroeder, you could tell me Ebbett didn’t play last game and I would believe you.

    • steverolley - May 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      This whole season looks like last year,

      but I’m sure AV will remind everyone they made it to game 7 in 2011

      hopefully next year nucks have a coach who lives in the now

    • imleftcoast - May 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      This San Jose ply-by-play is amateur.

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        The color man’s constant whining about missed calls has got to stop. San Jose has twice the powerplays.

  2. helladonks - May 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Canucks fans…”if only their were no postseason. Dammit”

  3. helladonks - May 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    There**

    • steverolley - May 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      *** burns only work if you can spell

  4. rgotoguy - May 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I’m completely over this goalie controversy in vancouver, they lose every year no matter who is in net.

  5. helladonks - May 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    And division championships and presidents cups dont mean sh*t, ever.
    I mean Carolina has even won the cup

  6. blomfeld - May 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    SCHNEIDER ROCKS !

    If the Canucks are to now have any chance at all in this series, then that will be thanks to the league’s 4th best goal tender, the ‘decent’ man known as Cory Schneider !

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Carey Price
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) Ryan Miller

    28) Ilya Bryzgalov
    29) Miika Kiprusoff
    30) Roberto Luongo

  7. joeyg88 - May 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    luongo>Schneider anyday. too much smoke in bc for them to see clear

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