Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo will draw the start between
the pipes for the Vancouver Canucks when the team begins its Western
Conference quarterfinal series against San Jose on Wednesday, head coach Alain
Vigneault told reporters following the team's gameday morning skate.
Luongo, a four-time All-Star who's spent most of this season as the backup to
Cory Schneider, is getting the call for Game 1 with Schneider just making his
way back from an undisclosed injury that kept him out of the Canucks' final
two regular-season tests.
"Schneider just isn't ready or healthy yet," Vigneault stated on Wednesday.
Luongo posted a 9-6-3 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and .907 save
percentage over 20 games (18 starts) this year, but was shelled for seven
goals on 37 shots at Edmonton in the Canucks' regular-season finale.
Schneider went 17-9-4 with a 2.11 GAA and .927 save percentage over 30 starts.
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