VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Cory Schneider will be back in goal for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday for the same reason he was there at the end of last season.
Schneider confirmed he would start when the Canucks play host to the Calgary Flames after getting pulled from his first regular-season game as the team's No. 1 goalie Saturday and watching his predecessor, Roberto Luongo, start the next night.
"Same approach I had last year," coach Alain Vigneault said. "I'm picking the goalie I feel gives us the best chance to win."
When Vigneault made the same decision three games into the playoffs last season, most assumed it meant the end of Luongo's time in Vancouver.
That included Luongo himself. Instead, he found himself back in goal earlier than expected in a season-opening 7-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, and back in for a scheduled start in what turned into a 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
Some argued Schneider, who signed a three-year, $12-million contract extension in the summer to be the new No.1 goaltender, should have been given a chance to go right back in a day after being pulled. It was a luxury afforded Luongo many times during his six seasons as the Canucks' unquestioned No. 1.