Roberto Luongo will get the start in net as the third-seeded Vancouver Canucks open their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks have been consistent winners of the Northwest Division over the past five seasons, but hope a new look in goal will be enough to earn them their first ever Stanley Cup Championship.

Cory Schneider, who has been the Canucks go-to starter for much of the season, missed the final two games of the season with an undisclosed lower-body injury and was expected to be a game-time decision for Game 1.

"I'd love to play. It's the playoffs and I've felt good about how I've been playing lately," said Schneider. "This is where the fun part of the year starts is playoffs. I'd love to be able to and if we feel I'm healthy enough to play, I will."

However, as reported by TSN's Farhan Lalji, Schneider is still not ready to go, meaning the team will now turn to Luongo.

The 34-year-old posted a 9-6-3 record in 20 appearances in 2012-13, posting a .907 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average.

Schneider had his struggles early on and Luongo proved to be an outstanding safety net, but when all was said and done, the former made 30 starts to Luongo's 18 and turned in a solid campaign by going 17-9-4 with a 2.11 goals against average, .927 save percentage and five shutouts, tied for the league lead. Schneider showed solid form during a 9-2 span from March 19-April 8, allowing more than two goals only once during that run.

Luongo has appeared in 61 career playoff games, including winning four of five against the San Jose Sharks in the only previous series between the two teams. Schneider has appeared in just eight but has logged a 1.91 postseason GAA.