According to Botchford, this was the play where Schneider was “apparently” injured. He says he is “pretty sure” it is a groin injury for Schneider.
Goaltender Roberto Luongo has started in every game since and will make his fourth consecutive start (including regular season) in Game 2 against the San Jose Sharks after Schneider missed Thursday’s practice.
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t offer up much of an update other than Schneider remains day-to-day with a body injury.
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) May 2, 2013
It can’t be a good sign that Schneider missed practice after practising on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the interim, the Canucks will have to rely heavily on Luongo as the team’s third-string goaltender (and now backup) is Joe Cannata, who has 21 games of professional experience mostly in the ECHL. The team did not acquire a goaltender at the trade deadline despite losing Eddie Lack for the season.
Luongo was brilliant in Game 1 and held the fort until the third period when the Canucks defensive and offensive deficiencies were finally exposed by the Sharks.