For those of you who watched the return of NHL hockey today, it was certainly an awesome day. All around the United States and Canada, fans flocked to the arenas to see their favorite teams back in action. It was a day to remember, except if you're Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider; he's looking to forget this day as fast as possible. 

In the Vancouver Canucks' season opener against the Anaheim Ducks, Schneider was atrocious in net, as he let up five goals in 14 shots. After the fifth goal, he was pulled in favor of Roberto Luongo, who let up two goals in 12 shots. The Canucks lost 7-3. This comes after Schneider was awarded the starting job in the playoffs last year due to disappointing efforts from Luongo. During the offseason, the Canucks made Luongo available on the trade market, however, they did not get an offer from another team that they liked enough to send Luongo packing. Hence, he is still in Vancouver, and he just might get his starting job back.

After one terrible performance, Schneider should not lose his starting job just yet. The Canucks play the Edmonton Oilers today, and Schneider should get the nod to start. In starting him in the playoffs, the Canucks have made it known that Schneider is "the guy" in net for them going forward. One bad night should not cost him the job, as his confidence could be diminished, on top of a dismal night for him. By starting Schneider today, the Canucks would show Schneider that they still believe in him, and that they want him to succeed. A goaltender's confidence can determine their performance, as we have seen time and time again with Roberto Luongo. If the Canucks don't start Schneider tomorrow, he'll be on his way to becoming another "Roberto Luongo head case" - ok, maybe not that extreme, but you get the point. Schneider should start.

However, should Schneider play badly against the Oilers today, the case for Cory Schneider will certainly worsen. It will definitely be interesting to see what happens next in the debacle that is the Vancouver Canucks' goaltending situation.

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