Schneider gets mile high call

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

VANCOUVER - As expected, Roberto Luongo will get a well-deserved rest Thursday.

After three straight wins, the Canucks goaltender takes a seat to backup Cory Schneider when Vancouver closes out a two-game road trip in Colorado.

The decision doesn't come as a surprise considering Luongo started back-to-back games Monday in Vancouver and Tuesday in Edmonton.

The real head-scratcher at this point of the season, however, is how long it took for Schneider, who is 2-0, to finally get his first start away from home.

Nevertheless, the rookie net-minder will aim to keep his undefeated record intact after a couple of solid performances in which he's allowed just one goal apiece.

And with the Canucks coming off their first road win of the season, he'll be backstopping a team looking to improve on their subpar 1-3-1 road record while trying to keep their four-game winning streak alive.

Last meeting

Vancouver walked away with a 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche last week, thanks to Mason Raymond's extra frame tally.

Expect Colorado, winners of two straight, to come out looking to redeem themselves and even the season series so far.

Peter Budaj gets the start in net for the home team with Craig Anderson still sidelined with a knee injury.


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