The Vancouver Canucks find themselves in an 0-2 hole in their first-round series against the San Jose Sharks despite playing the first two games on their home ice, but the team could find some new hope when Cory Schneider returns to the net for game three to replace Robert Luongo.
The 27-year-old Schneider missed game one and game two of the series with an undisclosed injury, but he is now healthy enough to once again take his place between the pipes.
Schneider confirmed his return earlier today when he spoke to the media in the locker room.
“I’m in tonight, I’m ready to play and I’m excited.” twitter.com/VanCanucks/sta…
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) May 5, 2013
While Schneider could provide an emotional boost for the Canucks, the entire team will need to step up. During their first two postseason games, the offense was only able to net three goals, while the Sharks got six in to the back of the net.
“Goaltending hasn’t be our issue at all,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said, via Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “But we were going to start with (Schneider) in the playoffs. He’s good to go.”
The Canucks and Sharks drop the puck at 10 p.m. ET at the HP Pavilion.