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Canucks stick with Schneider in net

by Eric Gilmore
SAN JOSE – Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider, coming off back-to-back shutouts, will make his fifth straight start Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks, the team announced after an optional morning skate.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo, one of four Canucks on the ice Saturday morning at HP Pavilion, missed back-to-back games with an upper-body injury but suited up at Colorado on Wednesday and at Phoenix on Friday.

Schneider made 24 saves in a 3-0 victory against Colorado and 22 in a 5-0 victory over Phoenix. Before Schneider posted two straight shutouts – and three straight wins -- it seemed likely that Luongo would start against San Jose on the second of back-to-back games.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault did not attend the optional skate, and his decision to start Schneider was announced by a team spokesman.

“Roberto’s a great goalie and so is Schneider,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said earlier in the day before the decision was announced. “So it doesn’t matter who you go against.”

Schneider is 5-4-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. He’s allowed one goal in his past three games. Luongo is 7-5-1 with a 2.97 goals against average and .896 save percentage.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, coming off a 1-0 shutout of Chicago, will start his second straight game against Vancouver.

Here’s how the lineups could look for tonight’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks at HP Pavilion:


Joe PavelskiJoe ThorntonLogan Couture
Ryane ClowePatrick MarleauTorrey Mitchell
Jamie McGinnMichal HandzusMartin Havlat
Brad WinchesterAndrew DesjardinsAndrew Murray

Dan BoyleDouglas Murray
Brent BurnsMarc-Edouard Vlasic
Jason DemersJim Vandermeer

Antti Niemi


Daniel SedinHenrik SedinAlexandre Burrows
Chris HigginsRyan KeslerDavid Booth
Manny MalhotraCody HodgsonJannik Hansen
Aaron VolpattiMaxim LapierreDale Weise

Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa
Alex Edler – Sami Salo
Andrew AlbertsKeith Ballard

Cory Schneider

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