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Schneider to start Thursday for Canucks

Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 1:45 PM

By Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Schneider to start Thursday for Canucks

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Betting on history rather than a hot goaltender, the Vancouver Canucks will roll with Cory Schneider in goal tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Rather than start red-hot Roberto Luongo, who has won three starts in a row and allowed three goals goals total over that stretch, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault decided to look at career numbers instead of season numbers. The Xcel Energy Center has been a house of horrors for Luongo, who hasn't started a game in Minnesota since Oct. 19, 2010, when he allowed six goals on 18 shots over 40 minutes in a 6-2 loss.

In fact, Luongo has been pulled in each of his past three starts in St. Paul, compiling a 3-9-2 record with a 3.56 goals against average in his career in this building.

"Can't overthink things. Trust the coin," Vigneault said after practice Tuesday. "The coin said Cory, let's go for it."

Ironically, Luongo has shut out the Wild three straight starts in Vancouver, so there is little doubt who will be between the pipes when these teams play again in five days at Rogers Arena.

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