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Luongo to start again Monday for Canucks

Sunday, 02.03.2013 / 2:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Luongo to start again Monday for Canucks

Roberto Luongo will once again be between the pipes when the Vancouver Canucks return to action Monday night.

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced Sunday that Luongo will receive his fourth straight start when the Canucks face the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Luongo, 33, stopped 27 of 28 shots on home ice Friday night in Vancouver's 2-1 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks. That victory came two nights after Luongo blanked the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 victory. He is 2-0-2 with a 1.46 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in five games.

Cory Schneider, who was labeled the club's No. 1 goaltender prior to the start of the season, hasn't seen any action since allowing four goals on 27 shots in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 27. Schneider has a 3.13 GAA and .897 save percentage in four appearances.

Luongo has been the subject of trade rumors for several months. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was in Washington on Sunday afternoon to watch the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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