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Luongo starts again, Schroeder in Canucks' lineup

Monday, 03.18.2013 / 4:16 PM

By Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Luongo starts again, Schroeder in Canucks' lineup

VANCOUVER -- Jordan Schroeder is back with the Vancouver Canucks and Roberto Luongo is back in goal as the Canucks try to take back the Northwest Division lead from the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

Luongo gets a fourth straight start for just the second time this season despite giving up nine goals in his last two, including three in the final period of a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Luongo has, however, only given up one goal in his last four starts against the Wild at Rogers Arena, and the Canucks are playing the first of back-to-back games, with Cory Schneider almost certain to start Tuesday against St. Louis.

"Like I have said before, I never try to figure it out," Luongo said of the rotation in goal. "This is obviously a huge game for us. We are aware of what the standings are and how tight it is, especially with the Wild battling for first place."

Schroeder will be part of it after weekend injuries prompted his recall from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Coach Alain Vigneault expected to have an update later in the day on forward David Booth, who left the rink on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot after getting hurt in the first period of the loss to Detroit on Saturday. They already were without forward Zack Kassian after his back acted up following practice Friday, and Selke Trophy-winning center Ryan Kesler, who only played seven games before fracturing his foot blocking a shot.

Schroeder, a Minnesota native picked in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft, had two goals and five points in 22 games with the Canucks before being sent back to the AHL on March 11. The speedy 5-foot-9 center had a goal and three assists in three games back with the Wolves.

Here are the rest of the expected lineups for the game Monday between the Canucks and the Wild at Rogers Arena:

WILD

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle

Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi

Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck

Jason Zucker - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Clayton Stoner - Tom Gilbert

Justin Falk - Jared Spurgeon

Niklas Backstrom

Matt Hackett

Scratched: Nate Prosser, Brett Clark

Injured: Mike Rupp (lower body)

Notes: Rupp was injured during a win Saturday at the Colorado Avalanche and will be replaced on the fourth line by Jason Zucker, who returns for the first time since being knocked out of a March 12 game against Anaheim by a late hit by Corey Perry that resulted in a four-game suspension for Perry. Zucker was cleared to return Saturday but was a healthy scratch, and said he won't be thinking about the hit that left him lying on the ice for almost five minutes before being helped off by medical staff. "That's the worst thing you could do is get scared by it," Zucker told NHL.com. "If you are worried about getting hit the whole time, you are not playing your game, so as far as the game goes [Monday], that hit never happened."

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond - Andrew Ebbett - Jannik Hansen

Chris Higgins - Jordan Schroeder - Dale Weise

Tom Sestito - Maxim Lapierre - Steven Pinizzotto

Dan Hamhuis - 
Jason Garrison

Alexander Edler - Kevin Bieksa

Keith Ballard - Christopher Tanev

Roberto Luongo

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker

Injured: David Booth (left foot/ankle), Zack Kassian (back), Ryan Kesler (fractured foot) Manny Malhotra (eye)

Notes: Ballard gets back into the lineup in place of Alberts after being a healthy scratch for three straight games. … The Canucks announced the signing of Swedish forward Ludwig Blomstrand to a three-year entry-level contract Monday. Chosen in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Blomstrand had 13 goals in 44 games with Djurgarden and Almtuna in the Swedish second division.

Quote of the Day

I didn't even know how to celebrate. I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that's all I needed.

— Sabres forward Tim Schaller on scoring his first NHL goal Sunday against the Bruins