It seems unlikely that Roberto Luongo will go down in history as hockey's version of Wally Pipp, but backup Cory Schneider is not giving Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault any reason to go back to his No. 1 goaltender.
Schneider, anticipated to make a seventh straight start, looks to lead the Canucks to their sixth win in a row Thursday night against the struggling Nashville Predators.
Daniel Sedin, David Booth, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows all scored for Vancouver (14-9-1) in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Columbus, but Schneider was again the story of the game.
He made a career-high 47 saves and has a 0.79 goals-against average with two shutouts during the five-game winning streak, stopping 164 of 168 shots.
"You almost don't even think about it," Schneider said. "It just kind of happens and you're seeing the puck well and you're moving and you're anticipating."
Schneider was given a chance when Luongo sustained an upper-body injury against the New York Islanders on Nov. 13. Luo...