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Which Luongo Will Show Up?

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Luongo promises to be the deciding factor of whether the Canucks can win their first ever Stanley Cup tonight. It’s not all on No. 1, but it sure will feel that way heading in.

There can be little debate on who should start. Luongo’s home numbers — 1.70 GAA, .943 save percentage — are absurdly good and entirely inexplicable when compared to his road woes. Just take his Stanley Cup final for a comparison. At home he has a .979 save percentage. In Boston it’s .773. He’s allowed two goals in three games in Vancouver and 15 in Boston.

Home ice is why Luongo has to be the starter.

The only debate here is how long you keep him in if things aren’t going his way. If he’s drowning early, Vigneault can’t let him take down the entire team again. Could it mean pulling him in the first couple of minutes if a Land Cruiser or two drives through his five-hole? It has to be considered.

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Luongo may be unlike anything we’ve seen in hockey before. Not sure there has ever been a player who can be so good one night, and so wretched the next.

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For some reason he reminds me a lot of Jose Theodore.  He can look other worldly when he’s on and look like a dog with fleas the next night, flailing around haplessly in the crease.

I’m sure the Canucks would give anything to have that $10M cap hit off the books, but he can at least ease the sting with a win tonight.

Posted by Eric H. on 06/15/11 at 02:00 PM ET

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Luongo’s cap hit is $5.3M.  His salary this season is $10M. 

In regards to the question posed by the article - I feel that hometown Luongo will show up and will have a very good game.  It’s up to Boston to win one of those tightly contested games for Tim Thomas.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/15/11 at 02:06 PM ET

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Ah, I stand corrected. Appreciate the clarification.

Posted by Eric H. on 06/15/11 at 02:08 PM ET

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It’s up to Boston to win one of those tightly contested games for Tim Thomas.
Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/15/11 at 12:06 PM ET

This.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/15/11 at 02:10 PM ET

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Which Canuck’s defense shows up? The road D that allows shots to come at Luongo high and off the rush taking advantage of his weakness handling high shots, or the home D that limits shots to low and in tight where Luongo’s shut it down low style is better suited?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/15/11 at 02:11 PM ET

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