VANCOUVER -- The Sharks learned they will be facing veteran goalie Roberto Luongo in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, but said that it didn't matter who would be in the net against them.

The Canucks have had goalie issues all season and Luongo had fewer starts than Cory Schneider, who missed the final two games of the regular season because of an undisclosed injury.

"I can tell you the fact there's been a lot of debate as to which goaltender is going to start here in Vancouver," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said, "is a much bigger story here in Vancouver than it is in the Sharks locker room. We're going to have to beat a good goaltender either way."

The Sharks have had success over the years against both goalies, with a record of 10-9-4 over the years against Luongo. This season, San Jose was 3-0 against the Canucks, facing Schneider each game.

"Either one we go against is going to be a big challenge for us," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "We've got to get a lot of shots, a lot of traffic and hope a couple squeak by. They're both fantastic goalies, but equally as tough."

McLellan said he had not made a decision on a replacement for injured defenseman Jason Demers, but it appeared from the morning skate that he was at least leaning toward veteran Scott Hannan over rookie Matt Tennyson. Hannan was paired with Brad Stuart while Tennyson skated with assistant coach Jim Johnson.


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Center Scott Gomez, who missed the final two games of the season with general soreness, will not be in the lineup tonight as James Sheppard will center the fourth line.

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