There's hope! There's hope!

While the Pens lost players to suspensions yesterday and will be down players in their elimination Game 4, the Canucks are getting a player back from injury!

Oh, and Cory Schneider is getting the start in net. No big deal.

As if. Of course it is a big deal. It speaks volumes about what AV and Co is thinking coming into this elimination game. Botch is on a roll with his great reads, and his take on the situation can be found here. But as I wrote yesterday, choosing Schneider shows who the confidence is behind and Luongo who is clearly a proud man is gonna say the right things but be clearly hurt by this decision.

How much this means to Luongo's future here in Vancouver will be tied to AV's future here as well. There are so many ways that this can play out and we'll get to see in play out in the near future. If Schneider wins tonight then he keeps starting until he loses and Luongo has lost his job for this season and maybe his career. This event path impact's Luongo's future the most. If Schneider loses then it impact's AV's future the most. AV will possibly fired, then management staff can always reason with Luongo that it was just a coaching decision but that they still have trust in him as a player blah blah blah. That is assuming the Canucks still want to retain Luongo. These thoughts are almost too much to handle for today.

So going into tonight, we'll have Daniel back which at least has to help our PP. Schneider gets another start in net and if he can be as solid as he was last game, then we have some hope in extending the series. And hope to extend the series is all we have right now.

Our enemy blog for tonight is The Royal Half, go check him out, he's got a great photoshop of hologram Daniel Sedin. And follow him on twitter if you don't already.

At the time that I write this there is 4.5 more hours to puck drop.

This is going to feel like forever.

I'll leave you something to amuse yourself while you wait. It's something I came across last night on twitter via @lafreak331


Amazing right?