Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has said that Game 6 starting goalie Cory Schneider left the game due to cramps and that he should be available for Game 7 against the Blackhawks Tuesday night.
Now that we know Schnieder can play, the question is, should he play?
We all know that Schneider played well on Sunday, making 17 saves on 20 shots, before he left with an injury that we now was just cramps. But he did make some boneheaded plays with the puck outside of the net that led to two Blackhawks’ goals. His inexperience showed with how he handled the puck but other than that his play was stellar. Roberto Luongo had led the Canucks to victories in Games 1, 2 and 3 but got beat up pretty badly in Games 4 and 5, leading to his Game 6 benching.
Vignealut hasn’t made a decision yet as to who will start Game 7 but he really doesn’t have a choice in the matter. He has to go with Schneider. He went with Schnieder in Game 6 and thought the back-up gave him a better chance to win Game 6 than Luongo did.
There’s no way Vigneault thinks Luongo can lead the Canucks to victory and proved that by benching him. A Game 7 brings more pressure than a Game 6 and Luongo’s play in Games 4 and 5 proved he didn’t have much confidence in his play.
I’ve been on record as saying you gotta go with what got you here and that’s Luongo. He was your starter all year long and was in net for the first three games of the series. I would have never benched him for Game 6 to begin with. But I’m not a head coach in the NHL. I’m just a blogger who reports about it. Alain Vigneault’s the coach and he set the precedence in benching Luongo for Game 6 so that means he has to bench him for Game 7. How can his players play for a guy the coach doesn’t believe can get the job done?
Who do you think should be the Game 7 starter for the Canucks?