Roberto Luongo will remain in goal for the Vancouver Canucks for Game 2 Friday night against the San Jose Sharks. The decision became obvious when Cory Schneider did not come on the ice for practice today and third-stringer Joe Cannata did. The Canucks trail the best-of-seven series 1-0 after dropping Wednesday's curtain-raiser 3-1. “I'm not too sure what's going on with that,” said Luongo when queried about Schneider's absence. “So I can't really give you guys anything.” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault didn't give anybody anything either, maintaining his day-to-day mantra for Schneider's mysterious 'body' injury, suffered April 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Asked if Schneider had suffered a setback, Vigneault replied: “You can interpret what you want at this time. He's day-to-day.” Schneider did practice with the full team both Monday and Tuesday and took the morning skate prior to Game 1. He did not dress as the backup and has not been made available to the media since Tuesday. Schneider is the last Canucks netminder to win a playoff start, which was Game 4 in Los Angeles last April. Luongo has lost five straight playoff starts dating back to Game 6 of their 2011 Stanley Cup Final. The Canucks, as a team, are 1-7 in their last eight playoff games and 2-9 in their last 11. Luongo, who was exceptional in the first period of Wednesday's loss, wound up allowing two goals on seven shots in the decisive third.
Canucks to start Roberto Luongo in Game 2 vs. Sharks; lines get a shakeup
Vancouver Sun | May 2