Vancouver Canucks will look to redeem themselves on Monday after losing a close one against the young Edmonton Oilers in their home opener.
After struggling in the first new games, Cory Schneider‘s apparent backup, Roberto Luongo has made a real statement in his last few performances. The Canucks management and coaching staff have a “problem” that any coach and team would love and hate to have. It is great having the option of two great puck stoppers, but it can cause dissension in the dressing room and become a distraction with the constant media attention.
The bottom line is the Canucks have to put a winning team on the ice. Fans will love whoever gets them the wins and instead of focusing on all the politics off the ice, they need to worry about the next win.
On Monday night, they are in tough against a young Oilers team that has tons of young talent. If you give them the opportunity, they will beat you.
The key to this game is to come out with the jump they had last game against the Chicago Blackhawks. If the Canucks come out flat like earlier starts, it will be over very quickly.
On Sunday morning, Alain Vigneault announced goaltender Roberto Luongo will start the game in Oil Country. You cannot really blame him for this decision. If it isn’t broke you don’t fix it. His recent play has made it an easy decision for the coaching staff and the chant of “Lou” at Rogers Arena on Thursday probably made the decision that much easier.
For now, there is no goaltending controversy—it’s Luongo’s job to lews.
There is more good news for fans as centre Ryan Kesler will travel with the team, but he won’t be playing just yet. News that Kesler is with the team and participating in full contact practices suggest he will return to the lineup soon.