The Vancouver Canucks are in town tonight and if you needed a scouting report, the defending Western Conference champions not only have a pair of very-skilled twin forwards, but two quality goaltenders.
Roberto Luongo was the Vancouver starter in last night’s loss to Philadelphia, so the nod will go to Cory Schneider this evening.
Schneider has faced the Red Wings once before, in garbage time of a December 2008 match-up after the starting goaltender, Curtis Sanford gave up six goals in 33 shots. The Boston College product was instrumental in the Manitoba Moose’s 2009 Calder Cup playoff victory over a Grand Rapids team that sported both Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader.
The AHL club in Manitoba may be history, giving way to the Winnipeg Jets over the summer, but what those in East Lansing will fondly remember that Schneider was also the goaltender in-net when Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal of the 2007 Frozen Four championship game with less than 20 seconds to go.
Schneider would turn pro following that game. The following year, when he could have been a senior, Boston College won the National Championship. As for Abdelkader? The spoils continued with the chance to lift the Stanley Cup following the Red Wings six game victory over Pittsburgh.
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