Roberto Luongo will get the start tonight when the Vancouver Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild. This contest is about more than the Wild attempting to end Vancouver’s seven-game win streak though. For Luongo, it’s about exorcising his demons in Minnesota. He’s struggled mightily in years gone by while traveling to the State of Hockey, and hasn’t had a start there since October of 2010.
That will change tonight though.
— Left Wing Lock (@Left_Wing_Lock) December 17, 2013
According to Ed Willes of The Vancouver Province, Luongo is 3-9-2 at the Xcel Energy Center and has a 3.56 GAA in that building. Willes also notes that the netminder has been pulled in his last three starts against the Wild. That doesn’t seem to have deterred head coach John Tortorella though.
He spoke to the Province about hit No. 1 goaltender’s checkered history in Minnesota, and Tortorella had this to say:
I’ve heard about that. I haven’t paid much attention to it. He’s raised his level. This sport here, you go as your goalie goes.
The abrasive coach was referring to how outstanding Luongo has been recently. He’s 5-0 in his last five starts and is carrying a 1.20 GAA across those games.