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by Paul on 06/15/11 at 12:25 PM ET
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.
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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