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Schneider replaces Luongo for Game 3
Canucks looking for answers down 2-0
5/5/13 - By Mike Lee -

If you were poised to rip off a "Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu" every time the Sharks score tonight in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarter Finals match up with the Vancouver Canucks, you're out of luck. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault announced through the team's Twitter account that Cory Schneider will get the nod in net tonight at HP Pavilion.

Luongo hasn't played poorly, but Schneider has been the number one goaltender for Vancouver this season, and the 2-0 hole the Canucks are trying to dig themselves out of requires something to shake things up.

Schneider was shelved with three games remaining in the regular season in what was described by the Canucks as a "body injury". He makes his series debut tonight in San Jose recovering from the phantom injury.

No team likes to reveal specific injuries during the playoffs, so it's no surprise that Vigneault remained mum on the issue that ails Schneider. Unless he's 100% it's a bit peculiar to insert the netminder, given the way Luongo has played.

The Canucks offense and lack of depth at the forward position has really been the Achilles heel for Vancouver. Antti Niemi hasn't helped the Canucks offense with his .951 save percentage through the first two games. Niemi has faced an equal number of shots as Luongo, but has surrendered half as many goals.

In three regular season games this year, Schneider allowed 4, 2 and 3 goals respectively. The Sharks have averaged three goals a game through the first two games of the playoff series. A three goal average isn't going to cut it in the playoffs.


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