Canucks not commenting on Schneider’s ‘body injury,’ hope star goalie available to start playoffs
Roberto Luongo to play, starting Thursday vs. Ducks
Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider makes a save against the Detroit Red Wings during during their National Hockey League game on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Rogers Arena.
Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK, THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks are refusing to disclose any details about the injury that goalie Cory Schneider apparently suffered during Monday night's 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Coach Alain Vigneault would only describe it as a "body injury that is day to day."
Not upper body, not lower body, but a body injury.
Vigneault acknowledged the team is in full playoff mode when it comes to non-disclosure of injuries.
"But that being said I mean if he was healthy he'd be practising," Vigneault said after Wednesday's practice. "He's got an injury that obviously at this time we are not willing to disclose. That's what it is."
Vigneault said the team is "hoping" Schneider will be available when the Canucks start the playoffs, likely on either next Tuesday or Wednesday night.
Schneider was spotted at Rogers Arena late Wednesday morning, walking from the workout room to the team's dressing room.
Asked if he was okay, Schneider said: "I'm fine."
He also sat in on the team's official photo taken on the ice before Wednesday's practice.
His injury means Roberto Luongo will start Thursday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Arena (7 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040). The Canucks have called up minor-league goalie Joe Cannata to serve as Luongo's backup on Thursday night.
Vigneault said Schneider suffered his injury during the Chicago game. Schneider stopped 24 of 25 shots in Vancouver's 3-1 win over the Blackhawks and did lengthy post-game media interviews.
Luongo was told on Tuesday that Schneider was hurt and he would be starting against the Ducks.
"It's exciting, it's a great opportunity for me and I am just looking forward to getting back in there and giving this team a chance to win," Luongo said. "Obviously, you never want to see a guy get injured. That being said, I don't think it is anything too serious and hopefully he will be back soon.
"In the meantime, it is going to be be my job to play the way he has been playing."
Schneider is among the NHL leaders this season with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He is tied for the league lead with five shutouts.
Cannata, 23, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Canucks and signed with the team last spring after a stellar collegiate career at Merrimack College in Massachusetts.
He appeared in 14 games with the AHL's Chicago Wolves this season, registering a 2.65 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
Canatta said he got the call from the Canucks late Tuesday morning as he was driving from Chicago to his Boston-area home. He was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver late Wednesday night.
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