Schneider anything but nostalgic for Canucks clash 0
The last time Cory Schneider spoke to media in Vancouver was right after the Canucks got eliminated from the playoffs. Tuesday, he's back, in goal for the New Jersey Devils. (REUTERS)
When the NHL schedule came out this summer, Tuesday's game at Rogers Arena was already getting hyped.
In the Vancouver Canucks' biggest roster-related move on ice this year, they traded goalie Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft — which turned into forward Bo Horvat. It was a shocker, it was a talker, and it ended the goalie drama that encompassed this team for a good part of 1½ years.
In the end, the Canucks stuck with Roberto Luongo — the man they had been openly trying to trade — and instead dealt the younger and cheaper No. 1 netminder out East.
On Tuesday, Schneider returns.
The Devils, having played Monday in Edmonton, visit Vancouver for the only time this season as Luongo will face his friend and the young goalie he mentored. With it being the fourth game of the season for the Canucks, however, there's not exactly a lot at stake. But you can bet there will be an extra jump as they go about trying to prove that their team made the correct choice in keeping Luongo and moving Schneider.
Vancouver is coming off two straight wins on the weekend — routing the Edmonton Oilers Saturday, before battling for an overtime victory against the Calgary Flames Sunday. They are tied for the league lead in goals with 12, led offensively by the usual suspects in captain Henrik Sedin (five assists), brother Daniel Sedin (one goal, three assists) and then there's defenceman Jason Garrison, who has a couple of tallies and a pair of helpers.
As for the Devils, they had lost their first two games prior to going into Edmonton Monday night. Martin Brodeur started in the Alberta capital, meaning Schneider gets the call in the second of back-to-back nights.
In his debut as a Devil last Thursday, the 27-year-old Schneider gave up three goals on 21 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Of course, his 3.00 goals against average is exactly the same as Luongo — who has played twice this season — heading into the much-anticipated Vancouver showdown.
“We’re there less than 24 hours,” Schneider told Schneider told NHL.com. “Gotta play a game, gotta win a game. I’m not going to get all nostalgic.”