We Are All Canucks…
Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice.
Next up on the docket, Cory Schneider and his role in what has become a increasing controversy for the Canucks netmindering crew.
Doing his best to help fuel the growing goalie controversy in Vancouver, Schneider has taken advantage of the opportunity laid out in front of him and not just run, but practically pulled out a Usain Bolt.
With Roberto Luongo out of action due to an undisclosed upper body injury suffered sometime during Vancouver’s 4-1 victory over the Islanders two weeks ago, Schneider has been labeled the starting goalie for all five games since.
Aside from a lopsided loss to the Blackhawks, Schneider has posted a unblemished record over the last seven days, including back to back shutouts and a 43 save effort, against 45 shots on Saturday night verses the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks.
Schneider’s current streak has not only improved his 2011-12 record to 6-4, but during that time he has allowed only three pucks to slide past him.
While many will say that Schneider faced a favorable schedule (Ottawa, Colorado and Phoenix) during that streak, the fact remains that Schneider has done his part in pulling the Canucks out of the bottom half of the Western standings.
At this point in the season, Schneider has already matched his loss total from all of last season, however he has also played in half of the amount of games, and there is still five months left.
With his recent effort this past week on the road, Schneider has improved his record to 4-2 away from Rogers arena, where he is only playing .500 hockey.
After sitting on the pine nursing his mysterious injury, there is a good chance that Bobby Lu will get the nod on Tuesday against Columbus, however he will have to be on his “A” game, knowing that the man wearing the number 35, has won over the fans early this season and is ready to stake his claim as number 1.
Cory Schneider Profile:
Weight: 195 lbs
Birthdate: March 18, 1986
Years Pro: 2
Draft: 2004 – Round 1 (26 overall) by Vancouver
LAST FIVE STAT LINE:
Canucks Record: 4-1 SHUT OUTS: 2 SA: 147 SV: 139 SV%: .945