Roberto Luongo Will Start Game 5, but the Canucks Make Other Lineup Changes
VANCOUVER - Based on the game day skate and head coach Alain Vigneault's cryptic comments to the media, it appears that that the Vancouver Canucks will only be making one lineup change for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In goal, Vigneault made it clear that Roberto Luongo is his starting goalie, not Cory Schneider.
At this stage of the playoffs, you have to run with the goalie that got you here. Despite Luongo's less than stellar stats from the last two games, the skaters in front of him weren't doing him any favours either.
Expect Luongo to bounce back and play well tonight. Hopefully his teammates get the message and show up as well.
The forwards are unchanged, despite rumours that Tanner Glass would be removed in favour of Cody Hodgson or Jeff Tambellini.
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Mason Raymond
Raffi Torres - Maxim Lapierre - Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass - Manny Malhotra - Victor Oreskovich
On defence, Keith Ballard is out after his lacklustre Game 4, and rookie Chris Tanev is in. This has forced Vigneault to juggle the defence pairings once again. It appears that he is loading up the top two pairings, so expect them to play the majority of the minutes.
Christian Ehrhoff - Kevin Bieksa
Sami Salo - Alex Edler
Chris Tanev - Andrew Alberts
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