The Vancouver Canucks picked the right time to get hot, and have used a four-game win streak to take a six point lead over the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest Division lead and the third spot in the Western Conference standings. The stellar goaltending of Cory Schneider helped the Canucks record three straight wins, and win nine of the last 11 games. Schneider was sidelined due to illness for Wednesday’s game against the Calgary Flames, but Roberto Luongo came in and made 40 saves to help keep the Canucks’ hot streak going. The Canucks signed University of Calgary goaltender Dustin Butler for the day to serve as Luongo’s backup.
It has certainly been an interesting season for Luongo, who was expected to be traded away before the season began. He wasn’t moved at the trade deadline either, and now is left to serve as Schneider’s backup for the rest of the season. Keeping him hasn’t been the worst thing for the Canucks, who have seen the veteran netminder go 8-4-3 with a 2.36 goals-against average and two shutouts. While it doesn’t seem like Schneider will miss much time, the Canucks can be confident that they have one of the best number two options in the league if anything happens to him.
Schneider is 15-7-3 with a 2.06 goals-against average and has only lost in regulation three times since the start of March. The Canucks don’t play again until Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, so there is plenty of time for him to rest up and be ready to return to action.