Canucks’ Cory Schneider ready to try and push Kings off their throne
Notebook: Hosts will look the part of Millionaires against the Red Wings on March 16
VANCOUVER — After beating himself up following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, Cory Schneider appears to have collected himself and was bubbling with confidence Friday, ready to take on the Stanley Cup champs in Saturday’s nationally televised contest.
“My confidence is fine, I’m fine,” said the red-head netminder, “It’s not as if I’m way off, it’s one save per game and it’s very doable and I’m very confident I can make that extra save a game.”
Schneider has not had a stellar start to the season and Friday stood 22nd in the league in goals against average (2.72) and was tied for 20th in save percentage (.908). His won-lost record is a pedestrian 5-4-1. He has not faced the L.A. Kings this year as Roberto Luongo was between the pipes when the Kings edged the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout Jan. 28.
“Whether it’s back-to-back or once every four games, I love playing so it’s always exciting to get back in regardless of how the last game went,” Schneider added.
LIFE OF WORRY: Canuck GM Mike Gillis admitted Friday he is concerned about heading into the weekend, and perhaps the forseeable future, with only three natural centres on his roster.
“Am I concerned? I’m concerned about everything,” Gillis said. “In this league right now you’re one injury away from being a .500 hockey team if you think you’re a good team. You have to find ways to get through it. Every team is in the same boat. You see some teams play a really strong game one night, then they travel, play back-to-back and they get beaten by a team that you think has far less ability. That’s the nature of the beast this year.”
FUN WITH FASHION: The Canucks did a photo-op Friday modelling the Vancouver Millionaires uniforms they will wear March 16 against Detroit. Naturally this called for a fashion statement from various players. The jerseys and socks are maroon while the pants are cream-coloured. The concept is to honour 100 years of hockey in B.C.
Alex Burrows: “I think they look good, it’s nice to be part of history. Hopefully the fans will like them, too. The pants? Well, they are little bit different.”
Schneider: “They’re pretty cool. It reminds me of my Boston College days, maroon and gold, so I am pretty comfortable in those colours.”
Chris Higgins: “I like ‘em. It kind of reminds me of the maroon ones Harvard wears and we used to have the big Harvard-Yale rivalries. The cream-coloured pants are definitely the statement of the uniform. They stand out the most.”
Kevin Bieksa: “Not my two favourite colours but they’re all right.”
Coach Alain Vigneault: “I loved everything about it. I thought it looked real sharp. That’s my French ‘haute couture’ talking.”
QUOTABLE: “You’ll see Andrew Ebbett here again. It’s a mixed-up season and the best planning can go awry when you’re playing five games in eight nights and you’ve got multiple things going on and you’re just trying to get the best lineup out there that you can possibly get.” — Gillis on the arrival Thursday and departure Friday of utility forward Andrew Ebbett.
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