The Vancouver Canucks spent most of this shortened NHL season switching their goalies on a nightly basis between Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. The last six games though have shown which way the team is going to go the rest of the year. Schneider has started the last six games for the team and Vancouver has won all six of those contests. The Canucks have used this streak to move themselves into first place in the Northwest Division. I think Schneider’s play has proven that he should be the one that leads this Vancouver team going forward.
Schneider has given up just six goals over this streak and with an increase in offense; Vancouver could turn into a surprise team when the playoffs arrive in early May. Schneider has worked his goals against average down to 2.13 per game and is expected to start again on Saturday night. I have to admit that this is an incredible run knowing the kind of pressure having a goalie like Luongo on the roster must be putting on him.
Vancouver would be better-off to trade Luongo at this point and allow Schneider to have some security for the rest of the regular season and into the postseason. That trade is easier said than done since Luongo is under contract through the 2021-22 season or another eight years. The Canucks are going to be forced to make a decision at some point in time if Schneider continues to win like this. The time to make the decision is now. Vancouver must keep Schneider as their main goalie and move Luongo out of town.