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Canucks Report: Schneider practices - again

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

No news appears to be good news for Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider.

For the second day in a row Schneider participated in a full Vancouver practice and afterwards he said he didn’t have an update on whether he will play Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, but if it were up to him, he’ll be between the pipes.

“I felt okay again,” said Schneider. “I got through another practice, so I’ll talk to coach and the trainer and come up with a decision about this.

“I’d love to play, no matter what, I’ll probably tell coach that I want to play and then it’s up to them to decide if that’s the best course of action.”

We’re still not sure exactly the source of Schneider’s lower body injury and he admitted to being off about it too with this being the first injury of his career. Not since he was a freshman in college had Schneider missed a practice for anything other than illness.

He said he finally feels like he’s back in the swing of things.

His timing is impeccable.

“I’ve felt pretty good today, on the ice I didn’t seem to have any limitations doing the drills, so again I can tell coach what I want to tell him, but it’s up to the coaching staff.”

While Schneider said he’d prefer to know Tuesday night who will start for the Canucks on Wednesday, coach Alain Vigneault told the media it could come down to being a game-time decision.

Both Schneider and Roberto Luongo are preparing as if they’re getting the call, so either way, the Canucks will be backed by a proven performer.


Frankie Corrado had one of his most challenging days as an NHLer Monday.

Never before has he lived on his own, so never before was he forced to tackle doing laundry.

Detergents? Fabric softeners? Warm wash? Tumble dry? Delicates?

“I called my mom for a step-by-step procedure,” laughed the 20-year-old, following Canucks practice Tuesday.

“She was trying to tell me what to do and I was thinking that when the time came, I’d figure it out, so I didn’t really listen. Then there I was calling her back, sending her a picture of the thing to know where the detergent goes and stuff.”

Corrado didn’t burn down his apartment, thankfully, he successfully did a load of darks and load of lights and even had the poise to hang his stretchy athletic wear to dry.

“Everything is fresh and everything fits,” he smiled, with pride.

Corrado is on his own these days because his fresh style of play fits in with the Canucks perfectly.

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Zack Kassian has gone and done it. He’s business in the front and party in the back right now with a fresh playoff mullet.

I’ve never been one for mullets, too many family reunions maybe, but Kassian is wearing it like a pro.

I spoke to Kassian post-practice and he couldn’t be prouder of the masterpiece hairdo he’s currently sporting.

“It’s playoff hockey, you’ve got to have fun with it, it’s a fun time of year,” he smiled. “The guys and I were talking about what I could do, obviously my hairstyle wasn’t the best before, so the mullet couldn’t have made it any worse. I just went with it.”

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