Just five months ago few could have predicted a scenario where Schneider would have been starting a game at Rogers Arena not wearing Canucks colours but that's exactly what will happen tonight when the former fan-favourite makes his first and only visit back to his old stomping grounds this season. Schneider appeared in 30 games for Vancouver last season and was set to return as the team's number one goaltender again this season before a shocking trade back in June sent him to New Jersey.
While the goaltending duel will take centre stage, tonight's game is a crucial one for a pair of teams seemingly headed in different directions. The Canucks are looking to stretch their win streak to three games and get their three-game home stand started on a strong note. The Devils, on the other hand, are still in search of their first win of the season and are coming off a tough 5-4 shootout loss last night in Edmonton in a game that saw them squander a 3-0 third period lead.
Puck drop at 7 pm PT - Live on TSN, The TEAM 1040, or online at teamradio.ca.
Keys to the Game
Ignore the hype. There will be a buzz in the building tonight with the return of Cory Schneider but the Canucks can't afford to get caught up in all the hoopla. It has to be business as usual even if the goalie they're trying to beat is a friend and former teammate.
Keep spreading the scoring. The most dangerous teams are the ones that get scoring up and down their lineup. It may just be three games into the new season but the Canucks have already had nine different players find the back of the net which is a very welcome sight to see.
Cory steals one. The affable former Canucks' goaltender would love nothing more than to have a heroic homecoming and earn two points for his new club that has yet to taste victory so far. That's especially the case considering his first outing with the Devils was a rather forgettable 3-0 loss to the Penguins.
By the Numbers
Win needed for Roberto Luongo to reach 350 career victories.
Straight wins for the Canucks in head-to-head meetings against the Devils dating back to December 2, 2009.
Years since the Devils' last visit to Vancouver. Their last visit was back on November 1, 2010 – a 3-0 Canucks win.
NHL seasons for Devils forward Jaromir Jagr, who could be making his final appearance in Vancouver tonight.
Career games for Devils goaltender Cory Schneider with his start tonight.
Career games tonight for Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo with his start tonight.