The Canucks trail 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, and Schneider gave up five goals on 28 shots before being pulled 4:07 into the third period of a 5-2 loss Sunday in Game 3 after missing the first two games with an undisclosed injury.
"Cory, in my opinion, is our MVP," Vigneault said after the Canucks' morning skate. "He's one of the reasons why we got into the playoffs. He's had great bounce-back games and he's been outstanding this year, and I think our group has total faith in both goaltenders, but they've got a lot of faith in Cory and I've got a lot of faith in him. That's why we're going with him tonight."
Schneider said he welcomed the chance to start another game and the opportunity to help his team extend the series.
"It's great. It's a big opportunity," Schneider said. "I'll do what I can for us. It's exciting playing this game. I'm really looking forward to getting back in there."
Schneider allowed two goals in the first two periods Sunday, then the Sharks struck for three quick goals early in the third period, two on the power play.
Schneider was asked if it was easy to put that Game 3 loss behind him.
"Yeah, for sure. I already did," he said. "It's only an afterthought. New day, new game, completely different circumstances. I feel fine."
Vigneault declined to discuss the three goals Schneider gave up in a span of 2:27.
"I think Cory and the whole team and myself, we've moved on past that," the coach said. "We're focused on tonight, focused on how we need to execute on the ice against a team that's playing extremely well right now. We got to win one game. We believe we can win one game."
Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, was not at the morning skate but was in the lineup.
Here's how the lineups likely would look Tuesday for Game 4:
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