Struggling Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo will get the nod Wednesday in Chicago after sitting two straight games while backup Cory Schneider carried the load.
Luongo’s allowed 16 goals in his last four starts, all Vancouver losses, while registering a lowly save percentage of .846.
Schneider, meanwhile, had another strong outing last night in Minnesota, despite the Canucks falling 2-0 to the Wild. The 26-year-old stopped 32 of 33 shots (there was an empty-netter), after which coach Alain Vigneault called Schneider “our best player.”
Granted, Vigneault didn’t have a long list to choose from. (Luongo might’ve been their second-best player.) But when newspapers are publishing articles called “Cory Schneider can’t carry Canucks alone,” you know he’s playing well.
Add the United Center – Luongo’s original house of horrors, since replaced by TD Garden – to the equation and his performance will fall under an even larger microscope than usual.
Now consider the microscope they normally use in Vancouver can find a freckle on a flea (alliteration!), and tomorrow’s game should intensify the great Canucks goalie debate regardless of the outcome.