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11/16/2011 12:51:37 PM
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(Sports Network) - Cory Schneider will get the start in goal for the Vancouver Canucks tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

Schneider will play in place of Roberto Luongo, who suffered what the team is calling an upper-body injury during Sunday's victory over the New York Islanders.

Aaron Rome had a goal and two assists in that game as part of Vancouver's 4-1 win. Cody Hodgson and David Booth each added a goal and an assist, while Roberto Luongo stopped 23-of-24 shots for the win.

"We worked real hard tonight," Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said.

To back up Schneider, the Canucks recalled Eddie Lack from the AHL Chicago Wolves.

The Canucks and Blackhawks have met in each of the last three postseasons and Chicago won the first two series before losing to Vancouver in a classic opening-round matchup last spring.

After winning a Stanley Cup in 2010, Chicago was a dangerous eighth-seed last year and nearly pulled off an amazing comeback against the Canucks. Vancouver won the first three games of the series before the Blackhawks took Games 4, 5 and 6 to become just the seventh team in NHL history to force a Game 7 after trailing a series three-games-to-none.

In the end, the Canucks avoided one of the biggest collapses in NHL playoff history by edging the Blackhawks, 2-1, in overtime to take the decisive seventh game. Of course, Vancouver went on to win the Western Conference title before falling in seven games to Boston.

As far as the regular season goes, Vancouver has won two straight meetings with the Blackhawks, but the clubs have split the last six encounters. Each team has three wins in the last six matchups in British Columbia.

The Blackhawks have been the better team in the early going this season, as they have an 11-4-3 record compared to Vancouver's 9-8-1 start.

Chicago will aim for a fourth straight victory tonight after matching its season-best win streak with Sunday's victory over visiting Edmonton. This evening's test also marks the first of six straight on the road for the Blackhawks, who are 4-3-1 as the visiting club this year.

Jonathan Toews and Steve Montador each notched two goals in Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Oilers.

Montador has three goals in his last two games after going without a tally in his first 15 games of the year. The veteran defenseman had five goals in 73 games for Buffalo last year.

"I just want to take advantage of the opportunities that I'm getting," Montador said. "I'm just happy to be contributing."

Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp added two assists apiece, while Corey Crawford made 20 saves for the win.

The Blackhawks lost defenceman Brent Seabrook to a lower body injury in Sunday's game and he is questionable for tonight. Centerman Dave Bolland (foot) is also questionable after sitting out the last three tilts with a bruised right foot.

Cory Schneider (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

TSN's Game Notes

VAN is 1-0-0 vs CHI this season, winning in CHI, VAN going 5/6 on the PP

Back to last reg season, VAN has won 3 straight vs CHI (one of the games at home)

First game between the teams in VAN since game 7 of the 1st round of the playoffs

VAN:
VAN has gone 3-1-0 over their past 4 games, going 9/20 on the PP

VAN has gone 4-1-0 over their past 5 home games, going 14/15 on the PK

D Sedin has 1G, 6A over the past 4 games

CHI:
CHI has won 3 straight games, scoring 16G

CHI has gone 2-2-1 over their past 5 road games, being shutout twice

Kane has 2G, 2A during a 3 game PT streak

Bouchard has 1G, 3A over the past 3 games

For games notes for all of tonight's games, click here.

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