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Canucks stay with Luongo against Chicago


VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) –   Roberto Luongo will get his third straight start in goal Friday when the Canucks welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to Rogers Arena. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as it guarantees that Cory Schneider who was expected to be the Canucks’ undisputed number one goaltender will not start another game for at least a week.

“We’ve got two great goaltenders. Both of them want to play. Both of them are professional and great individuals and tomorrow night, Luongo is playing,” said coach Alain Vigneault who wouldn’t provide too many details on the team’s decision.

The 33-year-old Luongo made 24 saves in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, and was also in goal for Monday’s 3-2 shootout loss over the Los Angeles Kings.

Luongo does have an edge in stats over Schneider so far this season, 1.02 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage, while Schneider is 2-2 after four starts with a 3.13 goals-against and .897 save percentage.

Forward Dale Weise was not at today’s practice but the team says he only has a sore neck from last night’s game and should be fine for Friday night’s game.