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Morning skate report: No Luongo for Canucks

The Sedins are in town but if you're thinking you're going to see Roberto Luongo in goal tonight, think again. The Vancouver Canucks have completed their pregame skate in HSBC Arena and Cory Schneider -- who is 3-0 with an 0.90 GAA and .969 save percentage -- will continue the bizarre run of backup goaltenders the Sabres will see. 

(Just went over the game-by-games with WGR's Paul Hamilton and we've come up with 10 backup goalies against the Sabres in 19 games if Luongo doesn't go tonight. Ten!! The Sabres are 4-3-2 in the first nine)

Not much news from the Sabres camp other than Lindy Ruff saying captain Craig Rivet is "getting very close to playing" on the road back from food poisoning. Interesting dilemma there for sure once Rivet is ready.

The Canucks have not been here since Oct. 17, 2008 (a 5-2 Buffalo win). This will be the 109th meeting between the 1970 expansion cousins and the Sabres can even the all-time series with a win tonight as they are 44-45-19 against the Canucks.

Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are tied (what else?) for fifth in the NHL with 20 points. Daniel has 11 goals while Henrik has just two. The Canucks are second in the NHL on the power play at 28.3 percent (Buffalo is 28th at 11.4). On the road, Vancouver is No. 1 at a whopping 32.4 percent (11 for 34).

'I thought we did a great job on [Washington's Alexander] Ovechkin last game," said Sabres center Derek Roy, who is one point back of the Sedins with 19. " Now we got the Sedin twins coming in. They have some firepower. We have to really check those guys close and keep an eye when they're on the ice."

"They know exactly where each other is going," said coach Lindy Ruff. "They're great passers, either forehand or backhand. They read off each other very well. Tremendous players. That continuity playing that period of time is something you can't teach in this league."

Ryan Kesler is second on the Canucks with nine goals and who's third? None other than ex-Sabre Raffi Torres, who flamed out here last year and was a scratch for the final two playoff games but has rebounded with seven goals in Vancouver.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

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