The deadline passes, Luongo is still a Canuck and Vancouver has 9+ million invested in 2 goalies for this years cup run. While we could have definately used a 5 million dollar man up front or on defence instead of on the bench, AV and the Canucks have no choice now. When life gives you lemons, roll the tandem and win the Cup, and here's how they have to do it.
No other team is as deep in goal as the Canucks, and as we all know it's the most important position in hockey - especially the playoffs. Over the last half-decade, the team that's won the Cup has had the best goaltending in the league during the playoffs. Sure there are other intangeables, but goaltending is by far the most important, so this playoffs I want to see AV get the most out of his 2 goalies.
Firstly lets get history out of the way. Since the 04-05 lockout there haven't been many goalie tandems to win a Cup, but Giguere did it with Anaheim in 2007 and Osgood/Hasek did it the following year. In both cases, the starting position was really up for grabs until one goalie grasped the opportunity and went on a sparkling run to the Cup.
Now this season, you can throw the history books out the window. We've already seen that this season is like no other, so if ever a goalie tandem is going to work - it'll be now. Goalie's are still falling to injuries left right and center, and the condensed schedule is going to leave even the biggest work-horses exhausted. Sure, goalies aren't playing 70 games but they're playing in a much more concentrated schedule which will prove even more tiring. Meanwhile, the Canucks have 2 goalies who are essentially playing a more relaxed schedule. We've got two fresher goalies going into the playoffs, against for example a guy like Niklas Backstrom who's played just about every Wild game and of late hasn't been as sharp as he once was.
Another reason we should do this is our inconsistent goaltending. Schneider has looked great of late, but started the season terribly and has had his confidence shaken a few times over the course of the year already. Meanwhile, Luongo started the year as the best goalie in the NHL but strung together 4 or 5 brutal games in a row. Luckily for the Canucks, there was only an overlap of 2 or 3 games where both goalies struggled. That meaning, at any one point in the season so far we've had a goalie who could carry this team. If we can use that knowledge in the playoffs, we'll be hard to beat.
During the regular season, the Canucks have only lost twice in regulation or in OT 4 times (one time we lost once, one shootout loss, one OT loss and a regulation loss in a row) before one of our goalies has managed to get on a hot run and steal some games. Luckily, we can afford to play this way in the playoffs and win series. Play one goalie until he has 2 losses in a row, then throw the other in there. Rarely have both our goalies been cold at any one point in the season, which gives us a good chance in net.
To those of you who will say "you can't just throw a cold goalie in net" - this season is different to a normal season. Neither Luongo or Schneider will be cold by the time the playoffs come around because of how often both guys have played. Meanwhile, other goalies have never faced this sort of intense schedule so may easily become mentally and physically fatigued by the playoffs.
With the Canucks facing some intense competition in the West this season, this is their one advantage over every other team in the league. Right now, their only chance of winning a Cup is to play to their advantage, and that is to manage their goalies to perfection while others burn out.
As a Canucks fan I'm fine with the call on AV - glad he showed some emotion for a change. What I'm not fine with is Hartley did the same earlier - even called the ref "an amateur" and swore and got nothing. Consistency is all I want to see.
lol.. other than the first goal Luongo played fine.. he has no chance on the 2nd goal and the 3rd goal went off of Garrison.. the first goal did not cost us the game.. questionable penalty and our inability to bury our chance did. stop saying it's like Luongo was the only reason why we lost coz he scored on himself 3 times. oh wait it's CDC it should be expected after every lost.
BertuzziFan2010, on 03 March 2013 - 08:45 PM, said:
Fire AV right now! holy fack. We just lost to one of the worst teams i can't believe it . Schnieder better be playing for the next little bit because Luongo just had 2 stinker games in a row. We also need scoring so F Jensen going to the wolves we obviously need him now. at this rate we might even fall out of the playoffs. we are playing so bad
Not only that, I think we won't score again this year! And we'll be last on the PP! And our PK will continue to suck! And no one will want to come here in a trade for a saviour! What will we DO?!?!
Season series: This is the first of three meetings and the first of two in Vancouver. The teams split the four-game series in 2011-12, with the Coyotes winning the finale on March 15 via a 5-4 decision in Vancouver. Big story: Both teams are coming off road losses and will look to get to back on track in the Western Conference race. The Canucks, 5-2-2 at home, are tops in the Northwest Division and third in the West with 24 points. The Coyotes, fourth in the talent-laden Pacific, sit ninth in the West with 19 points. The game against Vancouver marks the third in four nights for Phoenix.
Coyotes: Raffi Torres had two goals and Michael Stone and Nick Johnson also scored for the Coyotes in a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome. Jarome Iginla scored the tying goal with 1:23 left in the third and Curtis Glencross scored 23 seconds later to give the Flames the win. Goalie Mike Smith, who is 2-2-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average in his past five starts, made 26 saves in the loss.
Canucks: Daniel Sedin had two goals, and Chris Higgins also had a goal but the Canucks dropped an 8-3 decision to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Roberto Luongo, who shut out the Nashville Predators on Friday, gave up all eight goals on 28 Detroit shots. Luongo entered the game with a 1.45 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, but when it was over he sported a 2.11 GAA and .916 save percentage. "It's one of those games where it felt like the puck was finding its way in on almost every shot," Luongo said after the game. Who's hot: Canucks center Henrik Sedin has two goals and 11 points in the past eight games. … Right wing Radim Vrbata, who missed Sunday's game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day, has four goals and 12 points in 15 games to lead the Coyotes in scoring.
Injury report: The Coyotes have been shorthanded without forwards Vrbata (lower body) and Martin Hanzal (upper body), and defensemen Derek Morris (upper body) and David Schlemko (shoulder). … For the Canucks, forwardDavid Booth (illness) and defenseman Kevin Bieksa (lower body) are day-to-day, and center Manny Malhotra (eye) is out.
YOU CAN DO IT SCHNEIDER!
Ryan Murray, on 25 February 2013 - 04:10 PM, said:
Post any updates on the lineups that you discover.