Very little has been disclosed about the injury. Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault described the damage done to Schneider simply as a “body injury”. Without much speculation, it is safe to assume that the injured area is most likely the lower body or mid section of the Vancouver netminder.
However, without a more detailed injury report, all we really know is Schneider will not be playing, and Vigneault is a very secretive man.
Roberto Luongo will get the start tonight and will most likely be between the pipes for the season finale against the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night. Luongo, who was the one time undisputed number one goalie in Vancouver, has had a rough go of it since the off season.
He spent his summer, the lockout, and most of the season anxiously anticipating a trade to happen. Luongo lost his starting spot to Schneider during the playoffs last season and has wanted out of Vancouver since then. A combination of failing to meet expectations and the desire to be a starter again has made Luongo a lame duck in Vancouver.
However, the hockey gods, as they so often do, have presented Luongo and the Canucks with another shocking twist in the Ballad of Roberto Luongo. With Schneider day to day and the uncertainty of him being ready for round one of the playoffs, Luongo has every opportunity in the world to make some noise and salvage his reputation.
If the Canucks open the playoffs with Luongo between the pipes and he is extremely successful, it is hard to say what will happen with the goaltending situation in Vancouver. The city is starved for that elusive first championship and will take it any way they can get.