Canucks will start Cory Schneider

Updated: April 15, 2012, 5:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Vancouver Canucks, trailing 2-0 in their Western Conference series against the Los Angeles Kings, will start Cory Schneider in place of Roberto Luongo for Game 3.

The Canucks, the No. 1 seed in the West, are facing a 3-0 deficit if they can't beat the Kings on Sunday night. The eighth-seeded Kings won Games 1 and 2 in Vancouver to steal home-ice advantage from the Canucks.

"It's not a reflection of the goaltending," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said, according to The Province of Vancouver. "We feel it's time to change the momentum."

Luongo has an .891 save percentage through the first two games of the series, allowing seven goals on 64 shots. He had a .919 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average in the regular season.

Schneider, in 29 regular-season appearances this season, had a 1.96 GAA and .937 save percentage.

Schneider said he'll be "ready for the challenge," according to The Province.

"We're not worried about winning four games, we're worried about winning one and putting the pressure on them and getting some momentum on our side."

Meanwhile, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has a .946 save percentage in the series. He has stopped 70 of 74 shots overall and made 46 saves in the Kings' Game 2 win.